Slovakia halting use of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine for first doses

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker holds a bottle of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 5, 2021 in this file photo. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Slovakia’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday it was halting the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for people getting their first doses.

The ministry said it would continue to use the shot for those waiting for the second dose and added it was considering various alternatives on how to proceed. The decision comes after the state drug regulator last week reported the death of a 47-year-old woman that was likely connected to the shot.

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