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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Danish Health Authority director Søren Brostrøm. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix
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 round of negotiations over lifting of Covid-19 restrictions

A meeting scheduled in parliament this afternoon will see the government discusses new steps to lift coronavirus restrictions with the other parties, potentially speeding up, adding to or adapting the current roadmap out of lockdown.

The Social Liberal, Liberal and Danish People’s parties all want assembly restrictions to be made more lenient, broadcaster DR reports.


AstraZeneca vaccine shelved. What next? 

Health authorities yesterday announced that Denmark will completely withdraw the AstraZeneca vaccine from its vaccination programme due to concerns over potential rare, but serious side effects. Denmark is the only country in the world so far to take that decision.

The vaccination calendar has been pushed back as a result, with the lowest-priority groups now not expected to completely vaccination until late August.

The decision is already being questioned. A number of conservative parties have called for the public to be able to decide themselves whether or not they want to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine if they are willing to accept any potential risk.

Meanwhile, unions including the Danish Medical Association and FOA have said that front line health care staff deserve clarification over the decision to withdraw AstraZeneca, DR reports.

The vaccine was used extensively to inoculate health sector workers who are now left unsure as to when they will be vaccinated or receive a different vaccine, in the case of those who have already had their first dose.

We’ll have more on this in an article later today.

Housing market sees record activity levels

Last month saw the highest number of homes sold in Denmark since 2011: 13,370, to be precise.

The number has been described as “twice as big” as usual for the month of March (last year’s corona-hit month excluded) and an 83 percent increase compared to 2019.

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