Denmark has decided to stop using the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. According to health officials, an undetermined number of patients developed blood clots after receiving the shot. Iceland and Norway have also decided to stop giving the vaccine.
However, “for the time being,” the authority refrained from claiming a direct link between the vaccine and blood clots.
“It is currently not possible to conclude whether there is a link. We are acting early, it needs to be thoroughly investigated,” Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter.
The Danish Medical Agency stated that they started an investigation on the vaccine.
“Both we and the Danish Medicines Agency have to respond to reports of possible serious side-effects, both from Denmark and other European countries,” the director of the Danish Health Authority, Soren Brostrom, said in a statement.
AstraZeneca claims that its shots are subjected to stringent quality controls.
There have been “no confirmed serious adverse events associated with the vaccine,” according to the statement.
While investigating death from coagulation disorders and a pulmonary embolism, Austria recently stopped using AstraZeneca shots.