Philippines lifts suspension on AstraZeneca vaccine for under 60s


FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker prepares to inject an AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine for a fellow worker at San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 23, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will resume administering AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to people below 60 years of age, health officials said on Monday, ending a temporary suspension over reports of rare blood clots in younger recipients overseas,

"The benefit outweighs the risk. Only a small percentage of the population had these adverse effects for AstraZeneca," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a regular news conference, referring to the countries where blood clots were reported.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty)

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