S Korea to renew AstraZeneca vaccine

Seoul, April 11

South Korea says it will resume administrating AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine to all eligible people between the ages of 30 and 60.

Last week, South Korea suspended its use for those below 60 years of age while awaiting the outcome of the European Medicine Agency’s review.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Sunday it would restart the use of AstraZeneca vaccine beginning Monday, citing studies showing that the vaccine’s benefits outweighs the risk of side effects.

An agency statement said those aged 30 or younger would be excluded, as UK authorities have recommended they take alternative vaccines. It says it’s found three cases of blood clots from vaccinated people in South Korea, but none belong to the type of side effects determined by European authorities.

Those who would get AstraZeneca vaccines from Monday include medical workers and people in long-term care facilities, those at special schools and welfare centers for disabled people and homeless people. AP

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