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Physicians oppose AstraZeneca vaccine halt

In the midst of a third wave of the coronavirus sweeping across Europe, safety concerns prompted Germany, France, Spain and Italy to temporarily halt the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from being administered last week. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, “The European Union’s health agency said the Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca PLC was ‘safe and effective’ and didn’t increase the risk of blood clots…Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands said they would start vaccinating residents again…[A] new expert analysis concluded that the benefits of using a Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca outweigh its potential risks…”

In a poll of 1,280+ Sermo physicians, 67% agree that the decision to pull the vaccine originally was not the right move. And 82% agree with the World Health Organization that this type of exodus from the AstraZeneca vaccine could undermine the rollout at a pivotal moment. 

Global Sermo physicians are split over their opinion on the vaccine rollout in their country: 51% are satisfied with the rollout, and 49% are not. Seventy-five percent of physicians are alarmed by the third wave of the coronavirus in Europe. However, 74% expect to see a third wave in their own country. 

Here’s more of what Sermo physicians have to say on this topic:

This type of over-reaction has happened many times over past decades, robbing many of worthwhile therapies versus “traditional”, often untested historical treatments, due to hypercritical focus on innovation or a (likely) random clustering of events which may not be related. People are looking for problems with the valid solutions but doing nothing to help the issue at hand.

Politicians need to do what they do best: feather their own nests and deceive the voters, and let healthcare do it’s job of managing the consequences of political incompetence as best it can


Poor systems for seniors to make appointments. Vaccines should have been prioritized to primary care doctors for distribution.

Internal Medicine

At present blood clots are not occurring at a rate that would indicate a causative relationship with the vaccine. Covid is having a spike in Europe and is a bigger killer than blood clots.


One person between 250,000 is not enough to stop the vaccination with AstraZeneca.

General Practice (GP)

Yes, more and more cases of thrombosis and even sudden deaths several weeks after the AZ vaccine are being reported, even in people with no risk for this kind of adverse effects.

Allergy & Immunology