Indonesia halts AZ vaccine use over a death case

Sunday, 16. May 2021 09:54

The Indonesian government temporarily halted the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccines batch after one of the jabs led to the death of a 22-year-old, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.

"This is a form of caution by the government to ensure the safety of this vaccine. After it is proven that it is sterile and does not contain toxins, the use of the vaccine will be resumed. The fastest we can get the results will be in two weeks," head of the vaccine monitoring committee, Hindra Irawan Satari explained.

Numerous concerns surrounding the adverse effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine have risen over the past months. However, the jab is still recommended for emergency use by most health authorities worldwide as "benefits still outweigh potential risks."

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