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Germany joins growing list of countries to suspend AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

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Germany suspended use of the AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine amid a growing health scare that’s creating yet another delay for the European Union’s inoculation campaign.The country cited the recommendation of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, which oversees vaccine safety, according to a statement from the health ministry on Monday.Germany joins about a dozen places, including Northern Italy, the Netherlands and Ireland, that have halted use of the product amid reports of serious blood clotting.

It’s yet another blow to a vaccination campaign that’s proving embarrassingly slow and politically damaging for governments across the EU.While regulators have tried to reassure the public about safety of the Astra shot, concerns are growing.

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