The use of Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has been suspended the Netherlands in the over concerns about possible side effects.
This development occurred in the country, making it the latest country to suspend the use of the vaccine, after the Republic of Ireland, Denmark and others.
According to the Dutch government, the reason for this move was for the sake of precaution, which will last until at least 29 March.
The Republic of Ireland earlier made a similar decision over reports of blood clotting in recipients in Norway.
Meanwhile, specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health, World Health Organization has made its submission about the issue. WHO said, there is no indication of a link between the vaccine and blood clots.
The pattern in which the the announcements were made by the Netherlands and Ireland followed similar moves by Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Iceland and Thailand.
Despite the controversies around the vaccine, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – which is currently carrying out a review into incidents of blood clots, says the vaccine’s benefits continue to outweigh its risks.