The French President has made repeated claims regard the safety of the anglo-Swedish vaccine, statements which have been blamed for mounting skepticism in Europe about the risk associated with receiving an injection of AstraZeneca. It comes after medical authorities across a number of European states reported cases of blood clots in a number of people who had got the job. RT has reported the situation has reached the point where residents are “running away” when presented with the Oxford manufactured drug.
“Fears over the links to the rare blood clots from vaccine isn’t confined to France either in Sweden, several states have now reported cases of people outright refusing to have the AstraZeneca jab,” said a reporter for Russia Today.
Swedish doctor Maria Taranger told RT: “In my department, we have planned for 150 patients ages over 65 with diabetes, who were to be vaccinated.
“There were 20 who cancelled ahead of time and seven who left once they found out which vaccine they would get.
“One said ‘I don’t want to die’ and left immediately.”
In France, questions over the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness have lowered the drug’s popularity significantly and have left the French Government scrambling to find ways to encourage the take-up of the jab.
President Macron said: “We have had difficulties convincing people on AstraZeneca.
“We must think this about communication and our ability to convince if we want the vaccine campaign to improve.”
However French leader’s own comments regarding AstraZeneca have come under fire for undermining public confidence.
In January, Mr Macron announced: “The real problem with AstraZeneca is that it doesn’t work the way we were expecting it to.”
Widespread distrust with the AZ jab has reportedly gotten bad that a vaccination center in Nice was forced to close over the weekend after only 58 people turned up despite some 4,000 doses of AstraZeneca being available.
Governments in Paris, Rome and Madrid have all suspended use of the vaccine over mounting fear as EU states recorded a number of blood clots after the jab was administered.
As have Ireland, Sweden, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Slovenia, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Austria, Lithuania, and Luxembourg.
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Iceland and Norway have also taken action to halt the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine despite not being members of the EU.
As in this case France and Sweden, the latest expressions of concern from European leaders have had a detrimental impact on people’s willingness to take the AZ vaccine.
Innsbruck, the fifth largest city in Austria, has also reported a rise in people turning away when offered the jab.
According to the city’s mayor, Georg Willi, only half of the residents offered the AstraZeneca vaccine would honor their appointments.