Emmanuel Macron may have to place France back into a new lockdown as the country charges ahead of Europe with rising coronavirus cases and intensive care units filling up quickly. New daily infections in France stand at 26,000 a day while 4,127 are in intensive care with the deadly virus. France is currently admitting one new intensive care patient every 12 minutes.
The suspension led to a furious backlash from medical experts who demanded evidence for the dangerous move which would result in more deaths the longer the vaccine is shelved.
Health experts called for resignations in European Commission as a result of the action.
The suspension of the vaccine comes despite the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) saying there is no indication of a link between the vaccine and blood clots.
The EMA also highlighted “the number of thromboembolic events overall in vaccinated people seems not to be higher than that seen in the general population” while only 37 people have presented with blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The committee will hold an extraordinary meeting tomorrow to consider any further action that may be needed.
The UK government have ensured the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe to use.