FILE PHOTO: The solar units behind the chimneys of the Whole Grandpuits oil refinery, south-east of Paris, France, March 1, 2021. REUTERS / Christian Hartmann

TOKYO (Reuters) – Oil costs fell for a 3rd day in a row on Tuesday as rising inventories in america added to issues about dangers to demand as international locations like Germany and France halt vaccinations in opposition to COVID-19.

Brent was down 49 cents, or 0.7%, to $ 68.39 at 4:33 a.m. GMT, after falling 0.5% on Monday. US crude fell 47 cents, or 0.7%, to $ 64.92 a barrel, after declining 0.3% within the earlier session.

Germany, France and Italy plan to droop AstraZeneca PLC COVID-19 injections after reporting potential severe unwanted effects, though the World Well being Group has stated there aren’t any no hyperlink established with vaccine.

These measures heighten issues concerning the sluggish tempo of vaccinations within the area, which may delay any financial restoration from the pandemic in one of many hardest hit areas.

The pandemic has gutted demand for oil, however costs have returned to pre-global well being disaster ranges, solely to be capped as vaccine deployments have been sluggish in most international locations.

In america, inventories are additionally rising as a result of “large freeze” final month which halted refining operations which have been sluggish to completely recuperate.

“Costs are below stress by expectations that final month’s winter storm in Texas may proceed to push up crude inventories,” stated Avtar Sandu, senior director of commodities at Phillip Futures in Singapore.

The American Petroleum Institute, an business group, will report crude stock ranges later Tuesday, adopted by official Power Division figures on Wednesday, with analysts anticipating one other week of achieve. [API/S]

Crude inventories rose 12.8 million barrels within the week to March 5, in opposition to analysts’ expectations of an increase of lower than 1 million barrels.

Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; Enhancing by Christopher Cushing and Simon Cameron-Moore

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