While there was broad concern that the decision to halt the use of the vaccine could harden skeptics and embolden anti-vaxxers,many more were just left wanting.

Jean Imbert, a 70-year-old retiree who was administered his first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine on March 7, said that he had “no particular concerns” about Monday’s announcements. Mr. Imbert said that there was “an overreaction in many European countries,” adding that “if the ban on the vaccine lasts too long, we will have more deaths due to delayed vaccination” than because of inoculations.

Mr. Imbert said that by temporarily banning the AstraZeneca vaccine, European countries would only fall further behind the rest of the world in their vaccination campaigns.

Reporting was contributed by Monika Pronczuk from Brussels, Emma Bubola from Rome, Melissa Eddy from Berlin and Constant Méheut from Paris.

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