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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
Kronborg Castle is now open to visitors. Photo: Keld Navntoft/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.

Coronavirus restrictions eased as new phase begins

Today sees a broad range of coronavirus restrictions eased, allowing restaurants and cafes to serve again, museums to open, department stores and large malls to allow customers in and more pupils to go back to school.

Requirements for the use of a corona passport to access services in a range of instances also come into effect.

Travel restrictions and guidelines also change today, representing a slight easing of rules, although travel remains tightly controlled.

You can get abreast of all of today’s rule changes in the below series of articles.

Scandal-hit Danske Bank hit with lawsuit

The United States and a US pension fund have filed a claim in a Danish court seeking more than $1.6 million for lost investments following a money laundering scandal that engulfed Danske Bank, their lawyer has confirmed.

The was filed in September against Danske Bank and its former CEO Thomas Borgen.

More on that story here and click here for our archive of reports on the Danske Bank money laundering scandal.

Denmark ‘lends’ Germany 55,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses

Denmark is to give 55,000 doses of its AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to the neighbouring German state of Schleswig-Holstein after dropping the jab from its vaccination programme amid concerns about side effects.

Health minister Magnus Heunicke earlier said a “dialogue” was taking place with a view to Denmark swapping its shelved AstraZeneca vaccines.

Here’s that story in full.

Health authority to decide on Johnson & Johnson vaccine by next week

A decision by the Danish Health Authority on whether it will also withdraw the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the national Covid-19 programme, as it did with AstraZeneca, will be made by next week. That was confirmed by the authority in a statement early on Wednesday.

That comes after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday said it had concluded, based on initial investigations, a possible link between the J&J vaccine and rare cases of blood clots combined with low platelet levels.

The regulator recommended adding a warning to the vaccine’s product label and said the benefits of the one-dose shot outweigh its risks.


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