Denmark approves AstraZeneca vaccine for over-65s

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Denmark approves AstraZeneca vaccine for over-65s
A package of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is shown in the state of Brandenburg where the first coronavirus vaccinations are given in doctors' surgeries, in Senftenberg, Germany, March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Pool

Following several other European countries, Danish health officials on Friday approved the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people over 65, citing evidence from a study on the vaccine in Scotland.


Until now, the Scandinavian country has argued there was insufficient evidence for the effectiveness of the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company's vaccine to recommend to people over the age of 65.

"The results from Scotland are pleasing. They show a strongly reduced risk of hospitalisation for Covid-19, also among the elderly," Bolette Søborg, director of the Danish Health Authority, said in a statement.


"We could also see a tendency to this from the limited data we had from the approval studies for the vaccine. This is now confirmed on a large scale," she added.

In Denmark, one of the EU countries with the fastest rollout of its vaccination campaign, 8.3 percent of the population has received a first dose of a vaccine, and 3.2 percent have received both doses.

The country expects that the entire adult population will have been offered a vaccination by the end of June. 

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