Australia has announced it will continue its AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination rollout, despite a growing number of European countries suspending its use over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients.
Health Minister Greg Hunt told parliament that his government “clearly, unequivocally, absolutely” supported the rollout.
The country’s Chief Medical Officer also expressed his confidence in the jab and told journalists that he did not see “any specific link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots.”
However, former cabinet minister Senator Matt Canavan called on his government to suspend the vaccine’s rollout and heed the concerns that European nations have raised in recent days.
Germany, France, Italy and Spain are among several European nations which have stopped the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The pharmaceutical company and the World Health Organization have both insisted that the vaccine is safe.