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Sweden records 30,000 side effects from COVID vaccines, scientists say lockdown would prevent deaths

Christian Fernsby |
An official tally of suspected side effects resulting from Covid vaccination in Sweden has surpassed 30,000, with the majority of cases occurring in people inoculated with AstraZeneca’s shot.

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According to the Swedish Medical Products Agency, as of last week, the Scandinavian nation had received 31,844 reports of adverse reactions linked to the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.

Sweden is currently offering three variants of the drug. There are currently 2,103 reports of side effects from the Moderna shot, while the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been associated with 9,117 health issues. But the number of suspected adverse reactions from the two shots seems relatively small when compared to the 19,961 reports linked to AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria.

The most common side effects for all three drugs were fever and headache. Other reported adverse reactions included nausea, joint pain, and dizziness.

Notably, the AstraZeneca shot only accounts for about 26% of the roughly 2.7 million vaccines that have been administered so far in Sweden, but makes up around 63% of the side effects reports.

Sweden could have saved thousands of lives if it imposed a lockdown last spring instead of opting against restrictions, researchers say.

The Scandinavian nation defied calls to take the draconian action in the first wave, prompting fierce criticism of its 'herd immunity' approach.

Around 6,000 Swedes died during the first six months of the pandemic, official figures show.

But scientists say the true death toll could have been slashed by 40 per cent, had policymakers decided to impose lockdown restrictions like Britain, Italy, Germany, France and Spain.


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