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Denmark abandons use of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

The Danish Health Authority has announced that it will no longer use the AstraZeneca vaccine, in a European first.

In a statement, the authority said it will continue its vaccine rollout without the AstraZeneca vaccine primarily because other jabs are available and the Covid-19 situation in Denmark is “currently under control”.

People who have already received their first AstraZeneca dose will “later receive an invitation to vaccination with another vaccine”, the authority said.

“In the midst of an epidemic, it has been a difficult decision to continue our vaccination programme without an effective and readily available vaccine against Covid-19,” Director General of the health authority, Søren Brostrøm said.

“However, we have other vaccines at our disposal, and the epidemic is currently under control.”

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