France, Italy join Germany in suspending use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Hours after Germany makes a similar announcement, France and Italy become the latest countries to suspend use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients, though the company and European regulators have said there is no evidence the shot is to blame.

French President Emmanuel Macron says his country will suspend shots at least until Tuesday afternoon, when the European Union’s drug regulatory agency will weigh in on the vaccine. He says France hopes to resume using the formula soon.

Italy’s medicines regulator also announces a precautionary, temporary ban.

— with AP

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