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Germany Defends AstraZeneca Vaccine Suspension

BERLIN — The German government defended its decision to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying it was based on expert advice.

Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters in Berlin on Thursday that while she understood some might be worried by the move it should be seen as a sign that “trust in our control mechanisms is justified.”

“That’s why this step could also strengthen trust” in the vaccines, she said. “Concerns are taken seriously and examined. And as soon as these concerns are cleared up a vaccine can be used again without hesitation.”

A spokesman for the Health Ministry said Germany would rely on the EMA decision for how to proceed.

“It’s clear that the EMA decision is binding and of course we will follow the EMA decision too,” said Hanno Kautz.

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