Morning news brief: US and UK question WHO, Germany halts AstraZeneca vaccine and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Mar 31, 2021, 08:32 AM IST

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UK, US, Australia and 11 other countries have come together to criticise WHO's report on coronavirus origin and have accused China of not providing full information on the pandemic. Meanwhile, Germany has decided to halt the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for the elderly amid reports of a rare disorder.

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The statement, issued by 14 countries, has criticised the delay in the investigation and has demanded timely access for independent experts in future pandemics.

Considering the rising violence in the country, the US State Department had earlier, in mid-February, authorised a 'voluntary departure of non-emergency US government employees and their family members'.

Germany is set to limit the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine among people aged 60 and above following reports of a rare brain blood disorder.