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Denmark Suspends AstraZeneca Vaccine Over Blood Clots Concerns

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Denmark suspended use of AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid vaccine after concerns were raised over potentially dangerous side effects.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said it’s a precautionary move, following “signals of a possible serious side effect in the form of deadly blood clots.” Denmark has opted to act early and will investigate the development thoroughly, he said in a tweet.

Shares in AstraZeneca fell as much as 2.7% after the news hit.

The development in Denmark follows news from Austria, where authorities last weekend suspended the use of one batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of a death and an illness among recipients.

The European Medicines Agency said on Wednesday that its safety committee is investigating the cases reported in Austria, but there’s currently no indication that the shots have caused blood clotting.

Denmark’s decision follows reports of one Danish fatality, though authorities are stressing that it’s currently not possible to conclude that there’s a link between those events and AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. Still, the country will suspend use of the vaccine for two weeks, with a new assessment due in the week starting Monday March 22.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Denmark needs to “research this further. It is with regret that we receive this news and it’s too soon to say what it will mean for our vaccine time line.”

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