- Denmark on Wednesday turned the primary nation to cease utilizing AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.
- Different pictures can be found, and older folks have been immunized already, the well being authority stated.
- Denmark didn’t rule out reintroducing the vaccine “if the state of affairs adjustments.”
Denmark has stopped utilizing AstraZeneca-Oxford College’s COVID-19 vaccine, changing into the primary nation to cease utilizing the shot totally, nevertheless it didn’t rule out utilizing it once more later.
There’s a “actual danger of extreme negative effects related to utilizing the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca,” the Danish Well being Authority said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We’ve, subsequently, determined to take away the vaccine from our vaccination programme,” it stated, including that it “might re-introduce the vaccine at a later date if the state of affairs adjustments.”Denmark put AstraZeneca’s vaccine on hold on March 11 whereas the European Medicines Company investigated experiences of bizarre blot clots in individuals who had acquired it.
The EMA said on April 7 that the vaccine’s advantages in stopping COVID-19, a illness that may severely sicken and kill folks, outweighed the chance of bizarre blood clots within the mind, a really uncommon aspect impact. However particular person international locations could make their very own choices.
Soren Brostrom, the director-general of the Danish Well being Authority, reasoned that whereas AstraZeneca’s vaccine was efficient, Denmark had different vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech accessible, instances have been managed, and older individuals who may benefit most from AstraZeneca’s shot had already been immunized.
Thus far, about 16% of individuals in Denmark have had not less than one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Our World in Data. For comparability, about 36% of individuals within the US have acquired not less than one dose.Regardless of stopping the usage of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, the Danish Well being Authority stated it anticipated to have totally immunized all Danes over 16 years outdated by early August. Individuals who have already had one dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine will get a second dose of an alternate vaccine, it stated.
Dr. Hilary Jones, a normal practitioner within the UK, told “Good Morning Britain” on Thursday that Denmark might “remorse” its choice if it experiences a 3rd wave of instances. The vaccine’s negative effects “are very, very uncommon – one in 1,000,000,” he stated.
Different European international locations have restricted the vaccine’s use for sure age teams. The UK regulator really useful on April 7 that Brits under 30 be offered an alternative vaccine.
The European Union has struggled to secure enough vaccines for member states. There have been already vaccine shortages following delays from Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca. And Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday paused its COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the EU following experiences of unusual blood clots in the US.
The European Fee, accountable for securing the bloc’s vaccine provide, said on Wednesday that it deliberate to extend its provide of Pfizer’s vaccine.
“We have to focus now on applied sciences which have confirmed their value,” Ursula Von der Leyen, the fee’s president, stated in a video assertion, including that “mRNA vaccines are a transparent working example.”
-Jan Hamáček (@jhamacek) April 14, 2021
In the meantime, Jan Hamacek, the Czech inside minister, stated on Twitter on Wednesday that Czechia would purchase extra doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine from Denmark.”We’re prepared to purchase AstraZeneca from Denmark,” he stated.