Denmark first nation to DITCH AstraZeneca vaccine entirely over 0.000095% blood clot risk as EU jab shambles deepens
DENMARK has become the first country to entirely cease administering AstraZeneca’s jab following its possible link to extremely rare cases of blood clots.
This is despite recommendations from the World Health Organisation and European medicines watchdog to continue using the vaccine — after a review gave just a 0.000095 per cent chance of a clot.
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The European Union’s drug watchdog said last week it had found a possible link between the vaccine and very rare blood clot cases, but said the risk of dying from Covid-19 was “much greater” than the risk of mortality from rare side effects.
But the regulator left it to individual states to make their own risk assessments and decide how to administer the vaccine.
A spate of countries across the world, including France and Germany, have resumed administering the shot to some age groups, mostly those above 50 or 60.
Denmark, a country of 5.8 million people, is in the process of reopening schools, restaurants, shopping malls and cultural activities.
This came after the daily infection rate has slowed to 500 to 600 a day from several thousand in December.
Danish Health Authority director Soren Brostrom said last month that Denmark “follows a precautionary principle” with regards to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
It was the first country to initially suspend all usage of the vaccine in March over safety concerns and has also put Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine on pause pending further investigations into a possible link to rare blood clot cases.
Almost one million Danes have received their first jabs, 77 per cent with Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, 7.8 per cent with Moderna’s shot and 15.3 per cent with AstraZeneca’s, before it was suspended.
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