Denmark says it’s completely stopping use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

by -225 views

Denmark on Wednesday turned the primary nation to plan to completely cease administering the AstraZeneca vaccine, a month after suspending its use following reviews {that a} small variety of recipients had developed a uncommon however severe blood-clotting dysfunction.

The director common of the nation’s well being authority, Soeren Brostroem, mentioned Denmark was capable of halt use of the vaccine as a result of it had the pandemic underneath management and will depend on two different vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna.

The Danish announcement is one other setback for the AstraZeneca shot, which is simple to retailer and comparatively low cost, and was anticipated to be the inspiration of vaccination campaigns around the globe.

The nation initially suspended using the vaccine on March 11, together with Iceland and Norway. A number of different European international locations, together with France, Germany and Italy, adopted swimsuit final month.

The European Union’s drug regulator, the European Medicines Company, later beneficial that international locations hold utilizing the vaccine, saying its advantages far outweighed any potential dangers for most individuals.

Final week, although, the European regulator listed blood clots as a possible very uncommon aspect impact of the vaccine.

A number of international locations that had paused and restarted use of the vaccine have since mentioned they might cease utilizing it in youthful individuals. Britain, which has administered round 20 million AstraZeneca doses, mentioned it will provide various vaccines to individuals underneath 30.

“Primarily based on the scientific findings, our general evaluation is there’s a actual danger of extreme uncomfortable side effects related to utilizing the Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca,” Dr. Brostroem, the Danish well being official, mentioned in a press release. “We’ve, subsequently, determined to take away the vaccine from our vaccination program.”

“If Denmark have been in a totally completely different state of affairs and within the midst of a violent third outbreak, for instance, and a well being care system underneath stress,” he added, “then I might not hesitate to make use of the vaccine, even when there have been uncommon however extreme issues related to utilizing it.”

Danish well being officers mentioned that they could reintroduce the AstraZeneca vaccine “if the state of affairs adjustments.”

Public well being officers have warned that pausing administration of vaccines like AstraZeneca’s or Johnson & Johnson’s might do extra hurt than good. They observe that amongst seven million individuals vaccinated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the USA, six girls had developed the uncommon blood clots — fewer than one in a single million. It isn’t but recognized whether or not the vaccine had something to do with the clots, however even when it did, the chance is smaller than that of getting struck by lightning in a given yr (one in 500,000).

Denmark, which has a inhabitants of 5.8 million, has managed to comprise the pandemic higher than its neighbor Sweden or many different European international locations. As of Wednesday, Denmark had recorded 2,447 Covid-related deaths.

Nearly a million individuals within the nation have acquired no less than a primary dose of a vaccine, 77 p.c of them the one from Pfizer, in accordance with Denmark’s Serum Institute. Round 15 p.c acquired a primary dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier than the authorities suspended its use final month, and the remaining 8 p.c acquired the Moderna vaccine.

The nation’s well being authorities mentioned that individuals who acquired a primary dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine can be provided a unique vaccine for his or her second dose.

Jasmina Nielsen contributed reporting.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *