Austria welcomes European decision on AstraZeneca

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L) and Austria's Health Minister Rudolf Anschober.
Photo: Alex Halada/AFP
Austria has welcomed the European Medicines Agency decision to recommend the further use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for all ages, saying it vindicated Austria’s approach of continuing to administer the jab.

Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said on Thursday night that Austria’s decision not to suspend AstraZeneca vaccinations was the right one. 

“It was right that we in Austria did not make a hasty political decision,” said the minister. 

“The EMA made a clear decision today.

“It is important to me that our decisions are based on clear recommendations from the experts,” said Anschober.

Anschober said Austria would continue to prioritise a European-focused approach to the vaccine. 

This week, several European Union countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Sweden suspended AstraZeneca vaccinations due to several patients’ adverse health impacts after taking the shot. 

Each of these countries has now indicated it will resume vaccinations with the British-Swedish-manufactured vaccine. 

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Austrian media on Thursday that the decision confirmed Austria was on the right path. 

“The EMA has once again confirmed that all vaccines that have been approved by the EMA should also be used,” Kurz said. 

Despite recommending that the jab be continued, the EMA said investigations would continue into incidents of blot clots and brain thrombosis within close time proximity to taking the jab. 


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