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Denmark to destroy extra soon-to-expire COVID-19 vaccines

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish well being officers stated Monday that 1.1 million extra COVID-19 vaccines can be discarded within the coming weeks as a result of their expiration date is close to, and efforts to donate them to growing nations have failed.

Statens Serum Institut, a authorities company that maps the unfold of COVID-19 in Denmark, stated the epidemic within the Scandinavian nation “is presently beneath management, and the vaccine protection within the Danish inhabitants is excessive.”

Round 81% of Denmark’s inhabitants of 5.8 million has acquired two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, whereas practically 62% have acquired a booster shot.

The company stated that Denmark, like most nations the world over, has a surplus of vaccines.

“Now there are world challenges with the donation of COVID-19 vaccines, (amongst others) as a result of for the primary time in the course of the pandemic, a scenario has arisen the place the provision of vaccines exceeds the demand,” the company, identified in Denmark as SSI, stated in a press release. “This additionally applies to Denmark.”

SSI added that Denmark has donated 9 million doses of vaccines and has been collaborating with different European Union nations to search out nations that may obtain surplus vaccines.

“Nevertheless, in gentle of declining demand and lack of roll-out capability and willingness to be vaccinated in growing nations, it has been troublesome for Denmark and different EU nations to search out recipient nations for the surplus doses,” it stated.

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