Philippines lifts suspension on AstraZeneca vaccine for under 60s

Only AstraZeneca, Sinovac vaccines is use in Philippines

  
A senior citizen receives her first dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at a covered court in Manila, Philippines, March 29, 2021.

A senior citizen receives her first dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at a covered court in Manila, Philippines, March 29, 2021.

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MANILA, April 19 (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) ((neiljerome.morales@thomsonreuters.com; +632 8841 8914;))

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