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SWEDEN

Ibrahimovic in squad for Scotland clash

Barcelona star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in the Sweden squad to face Scotland in a friendly at Råsunda stadium in Solna on August 11th, marking the end of a nine month national team hiatus.

Ibrahimovic in squad for Scotland clash

Swedish national team coach Erik Hamrén announced the squad for the game, the last before the Euro 2012 qualifiers begin in the autumn, at a press conference on Tuesday.

“It is of course great to see the return of a highly motivated Zlatan in the national team,” Hamrén said of his newly appointed captain who last played for his country in Sweden’s ill-fated World Cup campaign.

The former Rosenborg coach was able to name an almost complete squad of first choice players with only Rasmus Elm missing out through injury. Johan Wiland, Tobias Hysén and Johan Elmander were among those returning to the team.

While the game against Scotland is classified as a friendly Hamrén underlined the importance of the clash and said that he was looking forward to the meet up with his players as many of the major European leagues begin their seasons.

“This is an important international for us. It is important to train together and talk together before the important matches against Hungary and San Marino on September 3rd and 7th respectively.

The August match is the 12th meeting between Sweden and Scotland with the statistics at five wins apiece and one draw. The last meeting was in November 2004 when Sweden won 4-1 in Glasgow.

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NORWAY

Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland

Norway, which has suspended the use of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine until further notice, will send 216,000 doses to Sweden and Iceland at their request, the Norwegian health ministry said Thursday.

Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland
Empty vials of the AstraZeneca vaccine. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

“I’m happy that the vaccines we have in stock can be put to use even if the AstraZeneca vaccine has been paused in Norway,” Health Minister Bent Høie said in a statement.

The 216,000 doses, which are currently stored in Norwegian fridges, have to be used before their expiry dates in June and July.

Sweden will receive 200,000 shots and Iceland 16,000 under the expectation they will return the favour at some point. 

“If we do resume the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, we will get the doses back as soon as we ask,” Høie said.

Like neighbouring Denmark, Norway suspended the use of the AstraZeneca jab on March 11 in order to examine rare but potentially severe side effects, including blood clots.

Among the 134,000 AstraZeneca shots administered in Norway before the suspension, five cases of severe thrombosis, including three fatal ones, had been registered among relatively young people in otherwise good health. One other person died of a brain haemorrhage.

On April 15, Norway’s government ignored a recommendation from the Institute of Public Health to drop the AstraZeneca jab for good, saying it wanted more time to decide.

READ MORE: Norway delays final decision on withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine 

The government has therefore set up a committee of Norwegian and international experts tasked with studying all of the risks linked to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which is also suspected of causing blood clots.

Both are both based on adenovirus vector technology. Denmark is the only European country to have dropped the AstraZeneca
vaccine from its vaccination campaign, and said on Tuesday it would “lend” 55,000 doses to the neighbouring German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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