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VIDEO: Brawl as Sweden reaches hockey final

Sweden's junior hockey stars reached the final of the world championships after defeating Russia in an ill-tempered semi-final which sparked a mass brawl when the match ended.

VIDEO: Brawl as Sweden reaches hockey final
Violent scenes at the conclusion of the Sweden V Russia world junior ice-hockey championship semi-final in Malmö. Photo: Ludvig Thunman /TT

The hosts thrilled the home fans in Malmö, where the tournament is being staged, by defeating Russia 2-1 in a close contest. When the horn sounded to signal the end of the game it was the cue for a major fight on the ice in Malmö Arena. 

Several players from both sides traded blows with even the substitutes getting involved. The host nation's Jesper Pettersson emerged from the penalty box to get involved in a punch-up with Russia's Andrei Mironov who was left sporting a bloody nose.

Both players were given roughing minors for their behaviour and may face retrospective punishment from from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

Sweden had taken an early lead in the match and added a second before the Russians struck back sparking a late onslaught from the visitors.

The home side managed to hang on and will face Nordic rivals Finland in Sunday's final.  

The Local/pr

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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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