Denmark bans AstraZeneca jab weeks after NZ starts using it

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The AstraZeneca covid vaccine that’s just been rolled out across New Zealand has been banned in Denmark due to its risk to people’s health. The Danish health department suspended use of the drug in March for a review of adverse reaction data.

In the UK, which uses the Yellow Card system to report adverse reactions to the covid jabs, AstraZeneca is not being offered to anyone aged under 40.

The vaccine started being used in New Zealand on 26 November and already one Kiwi mum has made appeals for help via a Facebook post saying her daughter became sick following the jab which is being marketed by Jacinda Ardern’s government as an alternative to the Pfizer shot. 

Denmark was the first country in Europe to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca jab in its vaccination rollout, after reports of blood clots among those that had received the jab.

More than a dozen countries followed suit but all but a few have since resumed the use after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) deemed it “safe and effective”.

In Denmark, two cases of thrombosis, one of which was fatal, were linked to vaccinations after more than 140,000 people received the jab made by the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker.

In the country of 5.8 million inhabitants, 8% have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and 17% have received the first dose.

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