Italy Halts The Use Of AstraZeneca’s Vaccine In Those Under 60
The Italian government said on Friday it was restricting the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to people over the age of 60, after a teenager who had received the shot died from a rare form of blood clotting.
Camilla Canepa died on Thursday aged 18 after being given the vaccine on May 25, triggering a media and political outcry over the Anglo-Swedish company's shot being used for adults of all ages despite previously-raised medical concerns.
"AstraZeneca will only be used for people over 60," the country's special Covid-19 commissioner Francesco Figliuolo told reporters.
People under the age of 60 who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca should be given a different vaccine for the second dose, the government's chief medical adviser Franco Locatelli said at the same news conference.