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Now Denmark U-turns! Humiliated EU states follow France & Germany after AstraZeneca fiasco

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Previously, Denmark had recommended giving the shot to only those under-65s and said they would wait until more data of the efficacy among the elderly is available. This followed warnings from France and Germany that the impact on the vaccine on older people was uncertain.

But now Denmark’s health authority has U-turned on the ban following a study which showed positive results across all ages.

The study from Scotland found a markedly reduced risk of a serious course of illness from Covid-19 across all age groups following vaccination.

The AstraZeneca vaccine – which was developed with Oxford University – was approved for use by EU regulators earlier this year.

But countries such as France, Germany and Italy said the vaccine should not be given to the elderly, citing a lack of sufficient data.

However, France and other member states have now all U-turned and allowed the vaccine to be given to all elderly citizens.

French Health Minister Olivier Véran said this week: “People affected by co-morbidities can be vaccinated with AstraZeneca, including those aged between 65 and 74.”

France, Italy and Germany have all recorded low uptake of the vaccine.

Germany has used around 200,000 out of 1.4m doses of the AstraZeneca jab so far, which is equivalent to around 15 percent of its current supply.

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The European Commission implemented border controls at the end of January after doses of the vaccine fell short of the planned orders for the bloc.

After a recent EU leaders summit, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said there is “room for improvement” over the AstraZeneca vaccine contract.

She said: “We want to see who is exporting where and I was very clear from the very start that is not directed against any kind of country but is focused on the question: does the company that is exporting a vaccine produced in Europe honour the contract in the European Union?.

“If we look at the pattern the vast majority of exports is done by BioNTech/Pfizer of 95 percent approximately.

“The rest by Moderna. Both of them are honouring their contract so that is fine with us.

“We are in discussions with AstraZeneca where there is room for improvement where fulfilment of the contract is concerned, so here we have a very close eye on what is going on.”

The vaccine rollout in the UK has been widely celebrated after more than 21,000,000 people have received their first dose of the jab.

More than 1,000,000 have been given their second jab.



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