Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
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Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

New vaccination schedule to be published

All three of the companies currently supplying Denmark with Covid-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca) have announced reductions to their expected deliveries, and that has changed the schedule for the country’s vaccination plan.

A new plan will be presented today by the national infectious disease agency, State Serum Institute, SSI.

A total of 203,308 people, or 3.48 percent of the population, have so far received a vaccine.

Priority for final group to be discussed

Once older people and those in higher risk groups have received the vaccine, around three million healthy people aged between 16-64 can expect to be offered an inoculation.

Because of the relative size of this group, discussions are now taking place over how it should be subdivided into further prioritisation levels, broadcaster DR writes.

Disco bus converted to mobile test unit

With so-called ‘party buses’ in short demand due to Covid-19 restrictions, greater Copenhagen town Glostrup has decided to convert one into a mobile testing centre, putting a musical spin on virus testing.

The town's mayor John Engelhardt explained on Wednesday that “it takes very little,” to  convert the buses normally reserved for events like bachelor parties and hen  dos.

“Party buses are not used for parties as everything is dead in this area at the moment, so these buses are available,” Engelhardt told news wire AFP.

Car sales dip, cold weather cited

Salespersons working for car dealerships are allowed to meet potential customers in outside areas such their driveways under current coronavirus restrictions. But the current winter weather is putting a freeze on sales, the industry, calling for more flexibility for showroom opening.

According to numbers from the Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri, DI) car sales in January 2021 were half of the level seen in the first month of 2020.

“It’s not easy to stand outside in the freezing cold and show a car and then nit be able to go inside for a cup of coffee to talk about the details,” the co-owner of a show room in Fredericia told DR.

The industry has suggested allowing showrooms with high floor space to be allowed to reopen at the same time as the retail sector, which is currently shuttered until at least February 28th.

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