Denmark will stop the vaccination of people with AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine for at least two weeks. Authorities are concerned about possible side effects.
Health Minister Magnus Heunicke emphasizes on Twitter that it is too early to say with certainty that there is a connection. According to the minister, this will be investigated. He calls stopping the vaccinations a precautionary measure.
Health authority director Søren Brostrøm says the vaccine has been widely documented to be safe and effective. “But we still have to respond to information about possible serious side effects, both in Denmark and in other European countries,” he explains.
AstraZeneca is one of three corona vaccines currently approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The vaccine is also used in the Netherlands. Denmark was initially among the European countries that did not give the AstraZeneca vaccine to the elderly but changed that policy last week. New research has shown that the drug is also sufficiently effective in that group.
Denmark is one of the European countries that vaccinate the fastest. Last week, the country announced that the vaccination campaign should be completed in July, but that target has now been adjusted. The new target date is August 15, according to Danish media.