Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
A train passes the village of Vinse in Vestland. Photo: Vy/Øivind Haug
Find out what's going on in Norway on Thursday with The Local's short round-up of important news.

Norway drops AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson from mass vaccination program

Norway has officially axed the AstraZeneca jab from its vaccine program due to the rare but serious side effects, the country’s PM announced on Wednesday. The government also maintained the suspension of the Johnson & Johnson jab.

AstraZeneca was officially dropped days after an expert committee set up by the government ruled that it should be withdrawn from Norway’s vaccine strategy.

PM Erna Solberg made the announcement at a government press conference on Wednesday.

Solberg said the decision had been taken in view of the rare but serious side effects associated with the jabs, which both use the same adenovirus technology.

Solberg also announced that Norway would be updating its vaccine strategy, with those aged between 18 and 24 moving ahead in the queue. 

They will now be offered a vaccine after everyone over 45 has been vaccinated. 

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Test concerts for 5,000 spectators get go-ahead from Norway ethics committee 

Norway’s Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REK) have approved a plan announced last week to hold “test concerts” for up to 5,000 spectators to investigate if it is sage to carry out large events by testing the audience before a concert starts. 

The National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) announced the plan last week, envisaging selecting 30,000 people, half of whom will be allowed to go to a concert, and half of whom will continue life as normal. Each concert would have 5,000 participants, and would take place in June. 

Norway’s green party calls for Interrail-style card for summer staycations

Arild Hermstad, the deputy leader of Norway’s green party has called for Norway to introduce a scheme this summer similar to Sweden’s Tågluffar “train tramping” card, or the popular European Interrail scheme. “It will hit three targets in one go,” he told NRK. “give Norway Interrail tickets, give people the opportunity to visit their families and see the whole of Norway in a green way.”

The party wants young people to be able to travel freely for one month for 1400 kroner, while adults will pay 2400 kroner. 


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