Canadian Panel Recommends AstraZeneca Pause For Under 55

A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination on a table prior to Croatia's Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandrokovic and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic being vaccinated, in Zagreb, Croatia, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Admir Buljubasic/Pool via AP)

(AP) — Two officials familiar with the matter say Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization is recommending a pause on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations for people under 55 for safety reasons.

The provinces of Quebec, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island announced a suspension of the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca for people under the age of 55 following concerns it may be linked to rare blood clots.

Quebec said in a news release that the decision was taken in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as provincial and federal vaccine advisory committees.


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