Sunday, 09 May 2021 04:24 GMT

Denmark suspends use of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

( MENAFN ) The Danish Health Authority has made a decision to suspend the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in its mass COVID-19 inoculation drive.

The Danish Health Authority's Deputy Director General Helene Probst stated in a press publication: "taking the present situation in Denmark into account, what we are currently losing in our effort to prevent severe illness from COVID-19 cannot outweigh the risk of causing possible side effects in the form of severe blood clots in those we vaccinate."

"In the midst of an epidemic, this has been a difficult decision to make, especially since we have also had to discontinue using the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca."

The authority's conclusion that "the benefits do not outweigh the risks" comes after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) assumed that there was a possible connection between unusual but serious cases of blood clots (vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia or VITT) and the coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

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