Denmark in dialogue with other countries about exchanging AstraZeneca vaccines for other vaccines

AstraZeneca vaccinePhoto: AP Photo / Christophe Ena

The Danish authorities are in dialogue with several countries about exchanging AstraZeneca vaccines for another vaccine.

“Right here and now, we constantly need safe and approved vaccines. So far, those are Pfizer’s and Moderna’s,” Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke said after a meeting with the Danish parliament’s (Folketing) health politicians.

Heunicke says it would be very interesting if Denmark could send AstraZeneca vaccines to another country in exchange for some of their Pfizer vaccines.

He did not want to say which countries are relevant, but he emphasized that interest in Denmark’s AstraZeneca vaccines is great in many countries where the level of infection is far higher than in Denmark.

At the meeting, it was also discussed whether it is possible to carry out voluntary vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine without further clarifications being made.

Major challenges

It became clear that there are major challenges in offering the vaccine to those who want it, including legal responsibility and compensation risk.

The National Board of Health says it can take many weeks to clarify these issues, and the benefit of giving the vaccine to volunteers is getting smaller and smaller with each passing day because the mass vaccination is progressing.

Around 150,000 Danes have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and are thus missing one dose before they are fully vaccinated.

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