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Bulgaria Resumed Administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgaria on Friday resumed administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after the European Union's drug regulator confirmed the vaccine was safe.

Bogdan Kirilov, executive director of the Bulgarian Drug Agency, cited an official statement from the European Medicines Agency confirming the effectiveness of the vaccine.

“The benefits of AstraZeneca’s vaccine outweigh any potential risks,” he said.

Bulgaria temporarily suspended the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine a week ago. Authorities hope the pause has not undermined public confidence in the country's overall vaccination drive, which already was not very high.

In the Balkan nation of 7 million, only some 355,000 people have been vaccinated with a first dose so far, which is the lowest number in the European Union.

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