Denmark suspends COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines

Denmark has temporarily suspended AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shots, after reports of cases of blood clots forming, including one in Denmark, Danish authorities said today.

A report by the Danish authorities did not say how many reports of blood clots there had been, but Austria has stopped using a batch of AstraZeneca shots while investigating a death from coagulation disorders and an illness from a pulmonary embolism.

They said six other European countries had halted the use of a vaccine batch from AstraZeneca.

According to a statement from the director of the Danish Health Authority, Soren Brostrom, they have to respond to the reaction with immediate effect. He said, “Both we and the Danish Medicines Agency have to respond to reports of possible serious side-effects, both from Denmark and other European countries.”

The Danish health minister Magnus Heunicke on Twitter said, “It is currently not possible to conclude whether there is a link. We are acting early, it needs to be thoroughly investigated.”

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