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Sweden phases out use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Some of the remaining AstraZeneca doses will be donated
01 May 2021, Spain, Calafell: A nurse holds a vial of the AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine at the Joan Ortoll sports pavilion vaccination center. Photo: Ramon Costa/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa
A nurse holds a vial of the AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine. Photo: Ramon Costa/dpa.

Sweden is gradually phasing out the use of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

As the health authority announced on Friday, 89% of people over 65 - the population group that has mainly received AstraZeneca in Sweden - are now fully vaccinated.

For this reason, the authority has decided to stop distributing the drug to the individual regions of the Scandinavian EU country, thus gradually phasing out its use.

The regions that still have AstraZeneca vaccine in stock can therefore either use it or the versions from Pfizer and Moderna.

Some of the remaining AstraZeneca doses will be donated.

Vaccination

At the same time, people over the age of 65 in the Stockholm region will soon be able to choose whether they want to receive the remaining AstraZeneca doses or prefer to have Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna instead.

The hope is that more older people will thus decide to be fully vaccinated, according to the region.

According to the health authority, about 75% of all adults in Sweden have received at least one Covid-19 vaccination so far. More than 47% have also received their second dose.

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