Austria suspends AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine over one death, another ill after jabs

Austria suspends AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine over one death, another ill after jabs



The Austrian government has suspended vaccination of its citizens  with a batch of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine following the death of one person and another taking ill after shots were administered on them.

The Austrian authorities said the suspension is a precautionary measure while they investigated the incidents.

“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, the health agency disclosed in a statement.

A 49-year-old woman died as a result of severe coagulation disorders, while another person, 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.

“No evidence of a casual relationship with the vaccination,” the health agency added saying the remaining stocks of the affected vaccine batch are no longer being used as a “precautionary measure”.

Meanwhile, 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 suggest the vaccine is safe and effective and it had been approved for use in well over 50 countries,” he said.

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

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