Germany has announced it will stop administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine immediately, over concerns it is causing blood clots.

The Health Ministry said it followed a recommendation from the Paul Ehrlich Institute, which advises the German government on vaccinations.

Germany has become the latest European country to suspend the use of the vaccine – the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Ireland have also paused as a precaution.

Bulgaria and Iceland have also temporarily halted inoculations with the vaccine, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia have postponed the launch of their rollouts.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said there is no evidence that the vaccine causes blood clots.