AstraZeneca to withdraw coronavirus vaccine

ATHENS – AstraZeneca will withdraw its coronavirus vaccines, British media reported Wednesday.

The decision by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company came as a result of declining demand for the jab as more updated vaccines target newer variants of the virus, according to Sky News.

It added that the voluntary withdrawal of the jab started in the EU, with the European Medicines Agency announcing that the vaccine is no longer authorized for use.

While the company argued that more than 6.5 million lives were saved in the first year of use and over three billion doses were supplied globally, the broadcaster noted, “The vaccine had only been in use for a few months before reports emerged of unusual blood clots.” (Anadolu)