Bulgaria to resume vaccinations with AstraZeneca’s shots

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria will resume vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine from Friday after the European Medicines Agency declared that the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any potential risks, the head of the Bulgarian Medicines Agency said on Thursday.

Bogdan Kirilov said an investigation into the death of a Bulgarian woman hours after AstraZeneca was shot does not directly link the vaccination.

“We have every reason to lift the suspension and start giving the vaccine again from tomorrow,” said Kirilov.

The Balkan country has around 100,000 cans of AstraZeneca shots in stock before it temporarily suspended its rollout last Friday.

With 350,700 people vaccinated so far with a first dose, the country of 7 million people has the worst vaccination record in the European Union.

(Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Steve Orlofgsky)

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