Denmark bans Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine, citing the risk of rare blood clots
Denmarkbanned Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccineon Monday.
- Authorities said the risk of unusual
blood clotsas a side effect outweighed the shot's benefits.
- J&J's vaccine was highly effective in trials, and blood-clot reports have been vanishingly rare.
The Danish Health Authority said in a statement Monday that the risk of unusual blood clots outweighed the benefits of the J&J vaccine for the country.J&J's vaccine was highly effective at preventing COVID-19 in trials but has come under scrutiny across the world following reports of unusual blood clots in six women ages 18 to 48 who received the vaccine in the US. At the time, 6.8 million Americans had received the single-dose vaccine.
The US too halted use of the vaccine in April but immediately resumed its rollout on April 23 after the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the benefits of the shot outweighed its risks. The ruling followed a 10-day investigation.The Danish Health Authority said it would continue to monitor the data coming out of the US.
Banning J&J's shot will mean a four-week delay in getting 20- to 39-year-olds immunized, the Danish Health Authority said. The country is using COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna instead, which have had no safety concerns so far.
The Danish Health Authority said all 65-year-olds had at least been offered a COVID-19 vaccine. More than 11% of Danes are fully immunized, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Following the EMA's recommendation on J&J's vaccine, France decided to give J&J's shot to over-55s, Italy gave it to over-60s, and Spain to those ages 70 to 79.
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