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Coronavirus: Denmark prolongs suspension of AstraZeneca vaccine

Coronavirus: Denmark prolongs suspension of AstraZeneca vaccine”

However, both the EMA and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommended that the use of the vaccine should continue after a conclusion by the former that the vaccine is "safe and effective".

"It can not be ruled out. that there may be a connection between the vaccine and the very unusual disease picture that we are looking at", Danish Medicines Agency director Tanja Erichsen told a press briefing on Thursday.

Paul urged the people not to doubt the efficacy of the vaccines.

Rare reports of blood clots after vaccination led some countries to suspend use of the vaccine earlier this month. Danish health authorities said they have no evidence the vaccine was responsible for either death.

European Union attacks on AstraZeneca call into question its decision not to profit from its coronavirus vaccine, according to a leading member of the scientific team that delivered the breakthrough.

Tegnell said that vaccinations of over-65s using the AstraZeneca jab would begin early next week, "as fast as the regions can get going".

"The vaccine is very useful for the elderly as many become seriously ill with COVID-19 every day", the Swedish agency's director, Johan Carlson, said in a statement. Sweden suspended administering the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 16.

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According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, more than 1 million doses of various vaccines have been administered in Denmark, which has a population of almost 6 million.

Health officials in neighbouring Finland said late Wednesday that the country would resume using the AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday after a pause of over a week, but only would administer it to people over 65.

AstraZeneca insisted that its COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection even after counting additional illnesses in its USA study, as the drugmaker responded to concerns raised by American officials in an unusually public rebuke that threatened to further erode confidence in the shot.

"That's a hypothetical question, but I think we would still feel more confident in waiting and having a continued pause, like some countries have done, to get some more information on how we could avoid the risk even more", he said. We're making more vaccines than everybody else.

"Among other things, it's about understanding if there is a mechanical explanation as to whether this is caused by the vaccine and also if there are specific groups that one can rule out", she said.

"We have concluded that AstraZeneca is an extremely effective vaccine and that the elderly are in great need of protection against Covid-19, not least when we can see that the spread of infection is growing", he said, shortly after the decision was announced in a press release. "That is why we have made a decision to extend the suspension".



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