Covid-19: AstraZeneca vaccine suspended in Denmark

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News about the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19. Denmark has taken the decision to suspend it provisionally and until further notice due to fears about blood clots forming in people who have been vaccinated. This suspension comes “after reports of serious cases of blood clots in people who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine,” said the National Health Agency, while stressing that “at At present we cannot conclude that there is a link between the vaccine and blood clots ”.

Austria announced on Monday that it had stopped administering a batch of vaccines produced by the Anglo-Swedish laboratory after the death of a 49-year-old nurse, who succumbed to “serious bleeding disorders” a few days after the having received. Four other European countries, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Luxembourg, had immediately suspended vaccinations with doses from this batch, delivered to 17 countries and which included one million vaccines. Denmark has suspended the use of all of its AstraZeneca vaccines.

Suspension reassessed within two weeks

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On Wednesday, a preliminary investigation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) pointed out that there was no link between AstraZeneca’s vaccine and the death in Austria. As of March 9, only 22 cases of thrombosis had been reported for more than 3 million people vaccinated in the European Economic Area, according to the European agency. “It is important to stress that we have not given up on the AstraZeneca vaccine, but that we are taking a break in its use,” said the director of the Danish agency, Søren Brostrøm, quoted in the statement.

Denmark reports having recorded a death of a person who had received the vaccine. An investigation is underway with the EMA. “There is significant literature proving that the vaccine is both safe and effective. But, together with the Danish Medicines Agency, we must react to reports of possible serious side effects, both in Denmark and in other European countries, ”he said. This suspension, which will be reassessed within two weeks, upsets the calendar of the Danish immunization campaign. Copenhagen now plans to have vaccinated its adult population in mid-August, against the beginning of July previously announced, indicates the health authority.

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