Denmark becomes first country to totally ban AstraZeneca jab over blood clot risk

Denmark has become the first country in the world to totally ban the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine over its possible link to extremely rare cases of blood clots. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and European medicines watchdog reviewed the possible risk and despite declaring a 0.000095% chance of a developing a clot the Scandinavian nation has ditched the jab completely.

Denmark was also the first country to suspend the AstraZeneca jab in March but has continued administering the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

In Denmark, two cases of thrombosis, one fatal, were linked to vaccinations after more than 140,000 people received the jab.

Denmark is preparing to reopen schools, restaurants, shopping malls and cultural activities to its 5.8 million people as the daily infection rate has slowed to 500 to 600 a day from several thousand in December.

So far 8% of its population are fully vaccinated and 17% have had their first dose.