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Danish government wants rethink on dropped vaccines

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Danish government wants rethink on dropped vaccines
Johnson & Johnson-vaccinen ligger klar i et køleskab, da firmaet Practio, der baseret på en individuel lægelig vurdering tilbyder AstraZeneca og Johnson & Johnson-vacciner, tager imod de første borgere der skal vaccineres i DGI-byen i København, torsdag den 27, maj 2021.. (Foto: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix)

Denmark's government on Monday asked the country's health authority to reconsider rulings against using the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines, after struggling to keep its vaccination drive on schedule.

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The use of both vaccines was abandoned several weeks ago over concerns about rare, but severe cases of blood clots in some recipients.

But the Danish authorities have had difficulty getting deliveries of the Moderna vaccine from the United States, forcing a revision of plans to have everyone vaccinated by September.

At the moment, the estimated delay amounts to two weeks.

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Health Minister Magnus Heunicke told state broadcaster DR it was in this context that the government was asking the health authority to reconsider.

The authority withdrew AstraZeneca from the country's vaccination programme in mid-April, and Johnson & Johnson in early May.

It cited not just the health concerns but the fact that the epidemic appeared to be under control and there seemed to be sufficient supplies of the approved vaccines, Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna.

Denmark was the first European country to drop the two vaccines from its official campaign, but in May 20th it loosened the restrictions for anyone who was willing to take them.

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