Many Countries in EU to Restart Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine, Introduce New Lockdowns

By Paul Riegler on 20 March 2021
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The town of Melk, in Niederösterreich

Countries in Europe that had halted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, including France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, said they had begun to distribute doses once again after the European Medicines Agency said it was safe to use.

The move came as many of those countries either began or warned of more stringent lockdowns to come in the weeks ahead.

Earlier in the week, Austria reported its highest tally of new coronavirus infections in 2021, with 3,239 –  700 higher than the day before. The government is reportedly not only considering a delay in loosening planned restrictions before Easter and Passover, but possibly implementing harsher measures to contain the current outbreak.

In Germany, officials there had originally planned to ease restrictions by Easter and Passover but now some are saying that plan might have to be put on hold and that additional measures might actually become necessary.

French officials ordered a month-long lockdown covering areas where 21 million people reside. The action includes Paris, the capital city and comes as a record number of people – 1,200 – are in intensive care stations there. The restrictions, however, will not be as strict as in previous lockdowns, and residents will be allowed to exercise outside within six miles (ten kilometers) of their homes.  Travel to other regions will not be permitted, however.

In Poland, which now has the highest number of new covid cases per day since November, al non-essential shops, hotels, cultural and sporting facilities have now closed for three weeks.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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