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However, Cavaleri said the cause of the issue was still unknown and gave no indication that the regulatory body would change its recommendation regarding this particular vaccine.

The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, said Croatia would wait for further assessment from the European Medicines Agency before making a ruling on the vaccine.

"It's very unlikely that they will call for the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine. It is possible, however, that they will alter their recommendations with regards to age groups, but I doubt the vaccine will be suspended altogether," said Capak.

Several EU countries, including the Netherlands, Sweden, and Finland, have already restricted its use to older people; while Denmark suspended the AstraZeneca vaccine altogether.

The EMA continues to maintain that the benefits of the jab outweigh any risks.

Source: HRT