Covid-19: Denmark Permanently Ceases Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine

World | April 14, 2021, Wednesday // 15:38|  views

Denmark becomes the first country that has ceased giving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine amid concerns about rare cases of blood clots, the first country to do so entirely.

The move is expected to delay the country's vaccination programme by several weeks.

 European Medicines Agency last week announced a possible link with clots but said the risk of dying of Covid-19 was much greater.

Several European countries have previously suspended the jab briefly.

Most have now resumed vaccinations with AstraZeneca for older population groups.

On Tuesday, the US, Canada and the European Union paused the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for similar reasons.

Both vaccines work by a similar method, known as adenoviral vectors.

Danish officials said that all 2.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine would be withdrawn until further notice.

Almost one million people in Denmark have been vaccinated, with approximately 150,000 of them receiving the AstraZeneca jab.

 The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are also in use.

Denmark was first country to postpone use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in March. It was followed by numerous other European countries.

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