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Austria suspends AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine batch after death

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Austrian authorities have suspended inoculations with a batch of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigating the death of one person and the illness of another after the shots, a health agency said on Sunday, Reuters reported.

“The Federal Office for Safety in Health Care (BASG) has received two reports in a temporal connection with a vaccination from the same batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the district clinic of Zwettl” in Lower Austria province, it said.

One 49-year-old woman died as a result of severe coagulation disorders, while a 35-year-old woman developed a pulmonary embolism and is recovering, it said. A pulmonary embolism is an acute lung disease caused by a dislodged blood clot.

“Currently there is no evidence of a causal relationship with the vaccination,” BASG said.

Austrian newspaper Niederoesterreichische Nachrichten as well as broadcaster ORF and the APA news agency reported that the women were both nurses who worked at the Zwettl clinic.

BASG said blood clotting was not among the known side effects of the vaccine. It was pursuing its investigation vigorously to completely rule out any possible link.

“As a precautionary measure, the remaining stocks of the affected vaccine batch are no longer being issued or vaccinated,” it added.

An AstraZeneca spokesman said: “There have been no confirmed serious adverse events associated with the vaccine,” adding that all batches are subject to strict and rigorous quality controls.

Trials and real-world experience so far suggests the vaccine is safe and effective and it had been approved for use in well over 50 countries, he said.

AstraZeneca also said it was in contact with Austrian authorities and would fully support the investigation.

European Union regulators at the end of January approved the product, saying it was effective and safe to use, while the World Health Organization (WHO) in mid-February listed the product for emergency use.

Adverse reactions seen in trials were short-lived for the most part and blood clotting issues were not reported.

A safety assessment by Germany’s vaccine regulator of more than 360,000 people who received the Astra vaccine in the country between the launch in early February and Feb. 26 concluded that adverse reactions were in line with the safety profile described in clinical trials.

  Comments - 5

  • RoaringCreek Sunday, 07 March 2021 10:00 PM

    The safest vaccines are from Pfizer and Moderna.

    Sriskanda Sunday, 07 March 2021 11:32 PM

    Any facts? If one of the above vaccines were imported, victims of the modern green political slavery would say AstraZeneca is the best. So lame! We know how you guys were expecting a failure to bring the vaccine down but we are among the TOP 10 Countries that controlled the pandemic well. You poor thing. Get a life

    Damith Wickramanayake Monday, 08 March 2021 01:51 AM


    Fauzi khan Sunday, 07 March 2021 10:32 PM

    This is srilankan manufactured news. Now we know we are not getting this vaccine so promote the other vaccine. Anyway we are too poor to get pfizzer and modrerna

    Moorthy Badulla Monday, 08 March 2021 02:53 PM

    Nice to hear these people ofcourse doubt the medicine.But our poor guys will doubt the people over the death. Simply say that they had heart related problems.Mind you the wrong medicine may affect the heart too????????????

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