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Czech Republic: We'll take Denmark’s unwanted AstraZeneca COVID vaccine

Christian Fernsby |
The Czech Republic expressed its willingness to buy any excess AstraZeneca jabs Denmark does not plan to use after the country's decision to suspend the use of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Topics: CZECH    DENMARK   

"We are ready to buy AstraZeneca from Denmark," Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek wrote on Twitter.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has come under fire in recent weeks as fears grow that its use could result in deadly internal blood clots in rare cases. Several countries have limited its use to certain age groups.

But Denmark went a step further and suspended the vaccine's use for now.

But the Czech Republic's offer made clear that some countries would still be more than happy to keep on using AstraZeneca. It's not clear if such a sale between the two countries would be allowed under European Union rules. The EU had initially taken the lead on procuring vaccination doses for its member states and regulates the export out of the block.

However, it's not clear if the doses are for sale. Denmark on Wednesday did not rule out eventually allowing AstraZeneca to be brought back into use.

In the meantime, Deputy Prime Minister and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamáček said that he will travel to Moscow next Monday in order to discuss the possibility of securing deliveries of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.

Mr. Hamáček stressed that the vaccine would only be used if it gets the green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). However, he said that he wants the Czech Republic to be ready to purchase Sputnik V if the EMA does give its approval, pointing to German efforts to secure a pre-order of the Russian vaccine.


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