No further cases of the mutated strain of coronavirus have been found in Danish minks, leading scientists to believe that the strain has "most likely become extinct."
The Danish Health Ministry said that mink in seven municipalities have now been killed and temporary restrictions on people can be relaxed.
The discovery of the virus in mink earlier this month prompted authorities to order all mink in Denmark to be culled.
The Danish Medicines Agency said it is “unlikely” that the mutated form of coronavirus will have any significant impact on the efficacy of the first generation of vaccines.
Danish officials had previously expressed concern that the outbreak in mink could pose a risk to vaccine efficacy.
The World Health Organization’s Senior Emergency Officer in Europe, Catherine Smallwood, reiterated on Thursday that culling was an “appropriate measure.”
However, the culling sparked a government backtrack after it discovered it had no legal authority to mandate the killing of mink of farms that did not have cases of coronavirus. Instead the government was only able to make a recommendation to farmers.