Sunday, March 7th, 2021
Woman dies after vaccination
Vienna withdraws Astrazeneca charge
In Austria, complications occurred in two women after vaccination with the Astrazenca vaccine. One dies. Although no connection can be identified, vaccination appointments are canceled. The Federal Office for Safety in Health Care is withdrawing the batch.
After one death and one illness, Austria stopped vaccinations with a batch of the Astrazeneca vaccine as a precaution. The Federal Office for Health Safety (BASG) announced that there were two reports in temporal connection with a vaccination from the same batch of the vaccine in the Zwettl state hospital in Lower Austria. “There is currently no evidence of a causal connection with the vaccination,” said the authority. Nevertheless, vaccination appointments were canceled. “At the moment, all the necessary investigations with the involvement of the respective experts are running at full speed in order to be able to completely rule out a possible connection,” Austrian media quote the BASG.
Stopping vaccinations with the batch is a precautionary measure. A 49-year-old woman died as a result of severe coagulation disorders, ten days earlier she had received the first dose of the Astrazeneca vaccine. With the coagulation disorders she was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Vienna General Hospital last weekend, where she then died.
A 35-year-old woman suffered a pulmonary embolism and is on the mend, the office said. “On the basis of the known clinical data, a causal relationship cannot be established, since especially thrombotic events are not among the known or typical side effects of the vaccine in question.”
According to media reports, the two women are nurses from the Zwettl Clinic. Both had been vaccinated from the same batch of Astrazeneca vaccine. Astrazeneca stated in an initial statement: “In the interests of all those who are longingly waiting for a vaccination, we would like an investigation as soon as possible in order to have clarity as to how this unfortunate event came about.”
The company is in close contact with the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) and supports their investigation “fully”. The vaccine was approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) based on a global clinical program with 23,000 participants. “All of these reviews have shown that the Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca is safe and effective,” the company said.