Denmark will extend its suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine until 15 April, the Danish Health Authority announced on Thursday, as other European countries are resuming the use of the vaccine.
Danish authorities want to investigate further whether the AstraZeneca vaccine is the cause of an unusual disease involving low blood platelets, bleeding and blood clots at unexpected places in the body, Søren Brostrom, head of the Danish Health Authority, said.
The European Medical Agency, the continent’s top drug regulator, said last week that it was found no signal The vaccine causes such rare but dangerous problems, and there is strong evidence that it “reduces the risk of side effects” over its lifetime.
The agency announced on Thursday that it was calling on a group of outside medical experts to help assess the vaccine’s safety.
Denmark was the first country to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which on March 11 reported two deaths from brain hemorrhage that had been shot.
Officials acknowledged that continuing the suspension would delay the vaccination process.
“We are very conscious that a continued hold on vaccination with the Kovid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca delays the Danish vaccination program,” Mr Brostrom said. “However, the vaccines are already in the refrigerator. If we decide to recommend vaccination with the Kovid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, we can quickly distribute and use vaccines. “
Health officials in Sweden, who suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine last week, said on Thursday that the country would resume its use for more than 65 people.
In other developments around the world:
In schools Romania It will be closed for four weeks starting next month as the eastern European country fights to stem its latest wave of Kovid-19 cases. Most schools will be closed between April 2 and May 4, Romania’s education minister Sorin Sempinu said on Thursday, extending the general break for Orthodox and Catholic Easter.
Passengers flying to Germany The country’s health ministry said on Thursday that evidence would need to be shown that they tested negative for Kovid-19 before flights starting on Sunday. After taking the government and those countries on its “at-risk” list, Germans arrived to book flights to Portugal and Spain for the Easter and Holy Week holidays, requiring people to return to Germany.