Reuters Dado Ruvic
The Danish government decided today, Thursday, to extend the suspension of the use of the “AstraZeneca” vaccine for another three weeks.
Denmark stopped using the vaccine as a precaution on March 11 after reports of a 60-year-old woman dying of blood clots in several parts of her body a week after receiving the vaccine, according to health officials.
Reports indicated that a second person died in Denmark shortly after receiving the vaccine. But the Danish health authorities said they had no evidence that the vaccine was responsible for the death.
Norway and Sweden also stopped using the “AstraZeneca” vaccine, at a time when many European countries resumed the use of the vaccine, after the European Union’s Medicines Regulatory Authority confirmed that it was safe.
The European Medicines Agency said that the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh its risks and can continue to be offered, at a time when careful evaluation of blood clots continues.
About 150,000 people in Denmark have received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Sweren Bröström, head of the Danish Health Agency, said on March 19 that officials need more time to evaluate the vaccine. “We’re not going to give up the AstraZeneca vaccine. It’s in the fridge,” she added.
In a related context, the Danish Health Agency said, today, Thursday, that Denmark will receive 450 thousand fewer doses of “Johnson & Johnson” vaccines against Covid-19 in April than was planned.
Source: “Associated Press” + “Reuters”