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Spain limits AstraZeneca use to people over 60

By Caoimhe Toman

Date: Thursday 08 Apr 2021

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Spanish health minister Carolina Darias announced on Wednesday that Spain would restrict use of the AstraZeneca shot to people over the age of 60.

The Mediterranean country was but the latest to limit the use of AstraZeneca's jab after it was found that there could be a link between the shot and rare blood clotting cases.

Darias was speaking after a meeting with other top Spanish health officials to discuss the matter.

She added that it was still unclear what would happen to those people under the age of 60 who had received the first AstraZeneca shot and were waiting for a second.

Around 2.1m Spaniards are waiting for their second jab which will give them the fullest protection against the virus.

The health minister also said that authorities in Madrid were considering not giving them a second shot and leaving them with partial protection against the virus or giving them a second shot of another vaccine.

The day before, Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, said he expects 70% of the Spain's adult population will have been vaccinated by the end of summer.

France, Great Britain and Germany had also announced measures to potentially limit its use among certain age groups.

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