Spain joined Germany, France and Italy today in halting use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in response to a small number of people across Europe suffering blood clots – and some dying – after receiving the shot.
Spain’s suspension will last for two weeks, Health Minister Carolina Darias announced at a nationally televised news conference Monday.
It's a "temporary and precautionary" suspension, she said, "until the risks can be evaluated by the European Medicines Agency."
The EMA reiterated on Monday that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks and that data did not indicate people were more likely to have blood clots after receiving the vaccine.
The agency has an emergency meeting on Thursday about the issue.