Norway is abandoning AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines

The Norwegian government has decided to abandon the use of AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines.

– We have decided that AstraZeneca will be permanently removed from our program. Meanwhile, the Janssen vaccine will go to storage and be used in the event of a major epidemic, said Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

The government has announced that the age groups 18-24 and 40-44 will be vaccinated simultaneously in front of those aged 25-39 who will end up in the queue. As Solberg explained, “COVID-19 infection is more common in young people, and those over 40 have a greater risk of becoming seriously ill.”

A 60 percent transfer was also announced. more vaccines for municipalities with a more difficult epidemic situation. This will happen at the expense of other places where infections are few and far between.

According to the Norwegian authorities, the first dose of the vaccine should be offered to all adult citizens by the turn of July and August, if the delivery of preparations goes smoothly.

On Monday, a government-appointed committee of experts issued an opinion advising against the use of vectored vaccines from AstraZeneca and Janssen (J&J).

On March 11, the Norwegian government suspended vaccination with AstraZeneca after reports of blood clots in vaccinated people. So far, they have occurred in six people, four of them have died.

The Janssen (J&J) vaccine was not finally introduced in Norway. Some of the unused AstraZeneki vaccines were donated to Sweden and Iceland, which are used by the elderly.

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