The COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Europe suffered a sharp slowdown this week amid disconcerting reports of a small number of people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine. There is no indication of a link between the vaccine and the undesirable side effects at this time. According to the WHO and the European Medicines Agency, the benefits outweigh any potential risk and that vaccination campaigns should continue.

However, under pressure from public opinion and the press, several countries have decided to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precautionary measure at the risk of another epidemic resurgence and of hampering economic recovery.

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