Coronavirus briefing: Sweden paused the planned rollout of J&J vaccine
Coronavirus briefing: Sweden paused the planned rollout of J&J vaccine
The epidemic

  • Overall cases in the EU and the UK point down again, but they are increasing in Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
  • There is a modest increase in daily cases in the US, while deaths have moved sideways.
  • India’s coronavirus surge continues. While authorities have reimposed restrictions, some mass gatherings have continued unabated.
  • Cases in Sweden point up after a previous decline. The number of people in hospitals and intensive care continues to climb.
  • Elsewhere in the Nordics, the development is more stable. In Norway, the number of people in intensive care has declined.
  • In the Baltics, cases in Estonia are still trending downwards. However, the increase in cases continues in both Lithuania and Latvia. 

Policy and vaccines

  • France is suspending all flights to and from Brazil to contain the spread of a highly contagious new variant.
  • Denmark will allow people from countries in the European Union and Schengen area to enter the country from May if they are vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • EU countries will receive 50 million more Pfizer vaccines in the second quarter.
  • People aged under 60 who have been given a first dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Germany will receive a different jab for their second dose.
  • Denmark will stop the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine permanently.
  • Finland is to extend its pause on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 65.
  • The EMA said it expects to issue a recommendation on Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine next week, after the reports of rare blood clots in the US.
  • Sweden has already paused the planned rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Sonja Liukkonen
Junior Economist
Swedbank AB (publ)
FI-00100 Helsinki
Phone: +358 400 98 21 59

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