Denmark waives corona vaccine from Astrazeneca

Corona pandemic Denmark waives corona vaccine from Astrazeneca

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Packaging with the corona vaccine from AstraZeneca. Photo: Matthias Bein / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa

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Denmark was the first country in the EU to suspend vaccinations with the Astrazeneca product. The drug has not been used since mid-March.

Denmark is the first EU country to do without the Astrazeneca corona vaccine.

The vaccination campaign would continue without the preparation of the British-Swedish company, the director of the Danish health administration, Søren Brostrøm, announced on Wednesday at a press conference in Copenhagen.

There is a link between the Astrazenca vaccine and very rare cases of unusual blood clots, bleeding and low platelet counts, Brostrøms said. This and the fact that the corona pandemic in Denmark is currently under control and other vaccines against Covid-19 are available were decisive in the decision that the vaccination program should continue without Astrazeneca. The Danish vaccination campaign will now take a few weeks longer than planned without Astrazeneca.

Denmark had suspended the vaccinations with the Astrazeneca preparation on March 11 as a precaution and initially for 14 days. This was due to reports of isolated severe cases of a rare combination of blood clots, bleeding and low platelet counts in people who had previously been vaccinated against Covid-19, including deaths. Subsequently, several other countries also temporarily stopped the use of the vaccine.

After the European Medicines Agency EMA gave the green light for further use, Germany and other countries resumed vaccinations with the Astrazeneca vaccine in March, but mostly limited to older population groups. Denmark, on the other hand, extended the stop by three more weeks.

By the time it stopped, almost 150.000 people had received their first dose of Astrazeneca, and around 600 had received their second vaccination. According to the health administration, those who have received their first dose of Astrazeneca will now be offered a different vaccine for the second. The authority added, however, that it cannot be ruled out that Astrazeneca's funds could be used again at a later date if the situation changes.

In total, almost one million people in Denmark, with its around 5,8 million inhabitants, received their first Corona vaccination, almost half of them also their second. Most of them were vaccinated with the Biontech / Pfizer vaccine.

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