Denmark became the first country to stop using AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine altogether, following news of its possible link to very rare blood clot cases, as Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing local media.
The decision will push back the scheduled conclusion of Denmark’s vaccination scheme to early August from July 25.
Results of investigations into the blood clots “showed real and serious side effects,” health agency head Soren Brostrom said in a statement.
“Based on an overall consideration, we have therefore chosen to continue the vaccination programme for all target groups without this vaccine.”
Meanwhile,The European Commission will not extend contracts with the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson companies that produce vaccines against coronavirus.
It is noted that the European Commission in agreement with the EU leaders made a decision that the contracts with the companies that produce vaccines that act in 2021 will not be extended after their expiry.
Meanwhile, Brussels intends to focus on Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.