AN EMPTY vaccination centre in Germany reveals the true cost of the EU’s dithering over the safe AstraZeneca vaccine, with thousands of jab appointments cancelled every day.
European nations which paused use of the Oxford vaccine over unsubstantiated reports it triggers blood clots are now falling even further behind in their jabs rollout.
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Thousands of appointments have been cancelled after panic over the safe vaccine, with some 20 countries suspending use of the AstraZeneca jab.
Pictures of empty vaccination centres show the scale of the problem as millions of people across Europe continue to be left unprotected from the deadly virus.
After the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccinations thousands of appointments have been cancelled across Germany, say officials.
According to the Thuringian Ministry of Health, the central vaccination centres in Gera and Erfurt have been badly affected, with around 2,800 vaccination appointments cancelled each day.
As EU countries battle with a growing third wave of the virus, latest vaccination figures show Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands have inoculated fewer than a third of the proportion of people that have been jabbed in the UK.
Around 39 Brits in every 100 have been given the life-saving vaccination, while the figure is only around 11 or 12 for the UK’s closest neighbours on the continent.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said today that there was no direct link between blood clots and the AstraZeneca jab.
EMA executive director Emer Cooke said the cases of blood clots in recently vaccinated people was still being analysed "tirelessly" by a range of experts.
A conclusion of the "ongoing" investigation is expected on Thursday, which Ms Cooke said she would not speculate on.
Ms Cooke was repeatedly pressed on whether EU nations should lift bans, only replying that the agency remained "firmly convinced" that the benefits of vaccinating people against Covid outweigh the potential side effects.
Speaking at a virtual European Union Commission news briefing, Ms Cooke said: "I want to also stress at present there is no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions.
"They have not come up in the clinical trials and they are not listed as known side events with this vaccine.
"In clinical trials, both vaccinated people and people who received the placebo have shown some very small number of blood clot developments.
"The number of thromboembolic events overall in vaccinated people seems not to be higher than that seen in the general population."
Ms Cooke said "many thousands" of people get blood clots for different reasons.
Meanwhile, the number of Brits inoculated against Covid will surge past 25 million today — as the stuttering EU rollout faces disaster.
The panic over blood clots is the latest block on EU residents getting their jabs, after French president Emmanuel Macron wrongly claimed at the end of January the AstraZeneca jab vaccine was ineffective in over 65s.
Boris Johnson, 56, is set to receive his first jab tomorrow or Friday with his spokesman insisting that the PM is “perfectly happy” to get the UK-made Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
UK data shows just 30 people reported suffering blood clots out of the first 9.7 million Oxford doses — lower than rates in the general public.
In comparison, 38 cases were flagged among the 11.5 million Pfizer jabs.
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