Denmark Suspends AstraZeneca Vaccine Use Due To Fears Of Blood Clots | News on the coronavirus pandemic
The vaccine will not be used for 14 days while investigators probe reports of possible “serious side effects.”
Denmark has temporarily suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccines after learning that some people who received the injections developed severe blood clots, including one in Denmark, Danish authorities said Thursday.
They did not say how many reports of blood clots had been reported, but Austria stopped using a specific batch of vaccine while investigating death from bleeding disorders and hospitalization for pulmonary embolism. .
They said six other European countries had stopped using this batch of AstraZeneca vaccine.
“We and the Danish Medicines Agency must respond to reports of possible serious side effects, both from Denmark and other European countries,” Soren Brostrom, director of the Danish health authority, said in a statement. .
The vaccine would be suspended for 14 days, the health agency said. He did not give details of the Danish individual who developed blood clots.
AstraZeneca said its injections were subject to strict and rigorous quality controls and that there had been “no confirmed serious adverse events associated with the vaccine”. He said he was in contact with the Austrian authorities and would fully support their investigation.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Wednesday that there was so far no evidence linking AstraZeneca to the two cases in Austria.
He said the number of thromboembolic events – marked by the formation of blood clots – in people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine is not higher than that seen in the general population, with 22 cases of such events reported among the three million people who received it on March 9.
The Danish Medicines Agency said it had launched an investigation into the vaccine in collaboration with corresponding agencies in other EU countries as well as with the EMA.
“It is important to stress that we did not choose not to use the AstraZeneca vaccine, but that we are putting it on hold,” Brostrom said.
The agency said it had pushed back the final date by which it expects all Danes to be fully vaccinated by four weeks to August 15 following the vaccine suspension.