Denmark halts use of AstraZeneca vaccine after patients developed blood clots

Denmark halts use of AstraZeneca vaccine after patients developed blood clots

-Denmark has stopped the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine

-It followed the development of blood clots among those who took the vaccine

-Ghana took delivery of 600,000 of the vaccines

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Denmark has halted the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for 14 days.

It followed reports of “serious cases of blood clots among vaccinated people,” the Danish Health Authority said in a statement on Thursday, March 11, 2021, DW reported.

Denmark halts use of AstraZeneca vaccine after patients developed blood clots
Ghana's First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, taking the AstraZeneca vaccine...Photo credit: Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
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The authority, however, fell short of directly linking the cases to the taking of the vaccine.

"We are acting early, it needs to be thoroughly investigated,” Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter.

Iceland and Norway also suspended administering the vaccine shortly after the announcement by the Danish authorities.

European Medicines Agency launched an investigation into the development.

Some 300,000 Ghanaians have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine after the country took delivery of 600,000 doses on February 22, 2021, under the United Nation-led COVAX facility.

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The AstraZeneca vaccine is licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).

Ghana is expected to receive an additional two million of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility by the end of May this year, boasting the government’s quest to vaccinate about 20 million Ghanaians.

An outspoken Ghanaian had described the deployment of free vaccines to the country as troubling.

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, said he was prepared to fund Ghana’s purchase of the vaccine to reduce the country’s over-dependence on aid.

“I’m not bragging but I am prepared to give Akufo-Addo one million dollars to procure the vaccines,” he stated on his Net 2 television on Wednesday.

“I don’t like the idea of always going to the developed countries to beg for support as though we cannot do anything for ourselves,” he added.

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The General Overseer of Action Chapel International (ACI), Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, said it would take faith and common sense for one to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Despite testing negative 22 times for the deadly contagion, the man of God still went ahead to take the jab.

It will be recalled that Duncan-Williams was spotted wearing two masks at the funeral of the late former President of Ghana, Ft Lt Jerry John Rawlings, at the Black Star Square on January 27, 2021.

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