Denmark, Norway suspend use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
Denmark is suspending for two weeks the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shots after reports of the formation of blood clots in some who have been vaccinated, including one death in Denmark, Danish authorities said on Thursday.
The move comes after one person in Denmark who was given the AstraZeneca shot formed a blood clot and died, the Danish Health Authority said.
This is coming after Austria suspended a batch of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution while they investigate the death of one person after after the shots.
The director of the Danish Health Authority, Soren Brostrom, said in a statement;
“Both we and the Danish Medicines Agency have to respond to reports of possible serious side-effects, both from Denmark and other European countries,”
Norway has also suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine as a precaution following Denmark’s decision to do so over fears of a link to blood clots.
Norway on pausing the vaccine said;
“We are pausing the AstraZeneca vaccination in Norway,” the director of infection prevention and control at the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), Geir Bukholm, told reporters.
“We are waiting for more information to see if there is a link between the vaccine and this blood clot case,” he said.
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