Denmark has already given 13,331 vaccine jabs

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Denmark has already given 13,331 vaccine jabs
Health personnel are vaccinated at a hospital in Aalborg on Sunday. Photo: Region Nordjylland Lars Horn/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark has already given 13,331 people their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, about 0.23 percent of the population, the country's infectious diseases agency SS1 said on Wednesday.


The country received 9,750 doses on Saturday and a further 38,000 doses on Monday, but health personnel report that they have been able to get an extra two doses from each five dose vial. 
SSI has started reporting its progress on vaccination daily here, with the numbers updated at 2pm daily. 
A chart put together by Our World in Data, suggests Denmark is ahead of Germany, Italy and several other EU countries on vaccinations, but there is as yet no centralised database for vaccination data, that might just reflect the way the data is being reported. 


The number of people being treated for coronavirus in Denmark's hospitals has meanwhile risen by a 26 to a reach a new record of 926, while a further 30 people have died with coronavirus. 
In one positive sign, the proportion of positive tests for coronavirus was just 2.55 percent, with 2,783 people testing positive out of 108,942 tests taken, the lowest proportion since December 25th.    
Denmark's government has decided to increase the use of rapid Covid tests at elderly care homes in order to slow the spread of the virus, the country's health minister Magnus Heunicke said at Tuesday night's press conference. 
"We will carry out rapid tests on the staff when they arrive as in the coming weeks, so we can detect and stop these infection chains as soon as possible before they reach an elderly care home," he said. 
In the Copenhagen region, every third elderly care home had last week registered some cases of coronavirus. 



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