Denmark reports serious illness and death after AstraZeneca shot

Denmark reports serious illness and death after AstraZeneca shot
AstraZeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine. Source: REUTERS
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Daily US Times: On Saturday, Denmark said that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with cerebral haemorrhage and blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination. Authorities do not reveal further about the patient’s illness.

The authority that runs public hospitals in Copenhagen said that the two had both received the AstraZeneca’s vaccine less than 14 days before their illness. Both of them are hospital staff members.

The Danish Medicines Agency confirmed it had received two “serious reports”, but did not provide any further details. There were no details of when they got ill.

Denmark, which halted using the AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine on March 11, was among more than a dozen countries that temporarily paused use of the dose after reports of cases of rare brain blood clots sent governments ans scientists scrambling to determine any link.

Some countries including France and Germany this week reversed their decision to suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine following an investigation into the reports of blood clots by the European Union’s drug watchdog EMA, which on Thursday said it is still convinced the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.

On Friday, Denmark – along with Norway and Sweden – said that they needed more time to decide whether to use the vaccine.

Tanja Erichsen, acting director of Pharmacovigilance at the Danish Medicines Agency, said in a tweet on Saturday: “We prioritize reports of suspected serious side effects such as these and examine them thoroughly to assess whether there is a possible link to the vaccine.”

“We are in the process of dealing with the two specific cases,” her tweet added.

EMA director Emer Cooke said on Thursday that the watchdog could not definitively rule out a link between blood clot incidents and the vaccine in its investigation into 30 cases of a rare blood clotting condition.

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