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Big read: An A to Z of the AstraZeneca row and its side effects

The vaccine was given the all-clear this week after concerns over blood clots, but it has been dogged by controversy since the start

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A man receives a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the country's mass vaccination program, in Belgrade, Serbia, March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Zorana Jevtic

A man receives a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the country's mass vaccination program, in Belgrade, Serbia, March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Zorana Jevtic

Emer Cooke

Emer Cooke

A medical worker prepares a dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine amid a vaccination campaign in Bierset, Belgium March 17, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

A medical worker prepares a dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine amid a vaccination campaign in Bierset, Belgium March 17, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

AstraZeneca has had a tough week

AstraZeneca has had a tough week

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A man receives a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the country's mass vaccination program, in Belgrade, Serbia, March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Zorana Jevtic

It was a small news item, on Sunday March 7, that probably passed most people by. Health authorities in Austria suspended inoculations from a batch of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigating the death of one person and the illness of another shortly after receiving the jab.

A 49-year-old woman died as a result of severe coagulation disorders in the Lower Austria province while another woman, 35, from the same region, developed pulmonary embolism as a result of a blood clot but was recovering.


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