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Denmark became the first country in the world to halt its Covid-19 vaccination program, saying that virus infection rates are now under control, CNBC reported Thursday.

The country’s National Board of Health said that vaccination rates in the country are high and that the “epidemic has reversed.” The health authority noted that people will not be invited to get their shot from May 15 onward but added that individuals can still get vaccinated over the spring and summer if they choose.

Officials also urged high-risk people and unvaccinated pregnant women to get inoculated.

The decision comes as the pandemic situation around the world remains mixed: The United States and the European Union have opted to abandon most restrictions. Meanwhile, China is imposing new restrictions and lockdowns as the virus spreads in major cities, such as Shanghai and Beijing.

Denmark began its vaccination scheme at the end of 2020. Since then, nearly five million people have been vaccinated and more than 3.6 million have received a booster shot. Denmark has a population of about 5.8 million.

Despite the halt, health officials said that they will follow the situation closely in case new variants emerge. They are also preparing to restart vaccinations again if there is a need to immunize additional target groups before the fall.

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