New AZ setbacks as countries scramble for vaccines

London (AFP) – The fallout over the AstraZeneca jab continued Thursday with several countries halting its use among younger people, as nations raced to secure much-needed vaccines in the face of fresh virus surges.  Europe’s medicines regulator said this week the vaccine could cause very rare blood clots among some recipients, prompting a cascade of countries to pull the plug on giving it to people under a certain age.  Britain sought Thursday to quell fears over the jab, saying potential side effects were extremely rare — and the risk of getting seriously sick from Covid-19 was far greater. …

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