Norway will not resume its use of the Covid-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca due to a risk of rare but harmful side-effects, according to newspaper VG, APA reports.
Prime minister Erna Solberg is expected to announce the decision at a 1600 GMT press conference addressing the AstraZeneca shot, as well as the government’s decision on Johnson & Johnson’s inoculation.
Reuters note that on 10 May, a public panel of medical, legal and other experts said the two vaccines should not be offered as part of the national inoculation scheme, although volunteers should be allowed to take them.
A couple of months earlier on 11 March, authorities suspended the AstraZeneca rollout after a small number of younger inoculated people were hospitalised for a combination of blood clots, bleeding and a low count of platelets, some of whom later died.
A study in Denmark and Norway found slightly increased rates of vein blood clots among people who have had a first dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, including clots in the brain, compared with expected rates in the general population.