Denmark this week turned the primary nation to cease utilizing AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine altogether, as European officers examine experiences of uncommon blood clots mixed with low platelet counts which have occurred in Europe and Britain. The choice has sparked some debate in Denmark about what to do with the leftover vaccines. Opposition events argue the authorities ought to make the shot obtainable to Danes keen to take it.
Chatting with Sky Information, Canadian immunologist Sir John Bell mentioned: “Completely different nations must do what totally different nations determine they should do.
“I regarded on the numbers final night time, they have 15 p.c of their inhabitants have had a vaccine now.
“The one vaccine they have obtainable would be the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“If they do not need to use it, that is superb but when they get hit by the Kent variant in the best way that Germany and France has then they are going to have quite a lot of useless folks.
“Many, many, many extra useless folks than they might have had in the event that they’d used the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“They must make their very own selections however additionally they must reside with their selections which can be tougher as actuality sinks in.”
Denmark at present has simply over 200,000 vaccines, however is about to obtain one other 3.5 million from earlier agreements, the State Serum Institute informed Reuters.
The Danish Well being Ministry was not instantly obtainable for remark.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte mentioned her nation would gladly take the photographs: “We nonetheless have much less vaccines than folks keen to be vaccinated.
“Due to this fact, Lithuania has expressed readiness to take as many doses of Astra Zeneca, as Denmark is able to share.”
WHO and EMA have mentioned each nation ought to make selections about their vaccination applications based mostly on their charges of vaccination, an infection and hospitalisation.
Danish Well being Authority director Soren Brostrom mentioned on Wednesday his nation had come far in inoculating the aged inhabitants most susceptible to contracting a severe type of COVID-19, and that youthful teams had been at decrease danger of problems from the illness. That needed to be weighed towards the attainable vaccine unintended effects, he mentioned.