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Norway drops AstraZeneca vaccine

Christian Fernsby |
Norway will not resume the use of COVID-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca, while a decision on whether to start using inoculations made by Johnson & Johnson's remains on hold, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Wednesday.

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A government-appointed commission had recommended that both vaccines should be excluded from Norway's vaccination programme due to a risk of rare but harmful side-effects.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was never deployed in Norway, but Solberg said the country would hold on to the doses it had already received.

"We want to build up back-up stocks that we can use if infections increase or if there are failures in deliveries from other vaccine producers," Solberg told reporters.


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