Austria has suspended vaccinations with a batch of Astra-Zeneca’s coronavirus jabs as a precaution following one person’s death and the illness of another after the shots.
This decision was taken as a precautionary measure after a 49-year-old woman died due to severe coagulation disorders, while another 35-year-old woman developed a pulmonary embolism, DailyMail reports.
The Federal Office for Safety in Health Care (BASG) reported that confirmed it had received two reports ‘in a temporal connection with a vaccine from the same batch in the district clinic of Zwettl, Lower Austria.
Swiss newspaper reported that the women were both nurses at the Zwettl clinic.
BASG said: “Currently there is no evidence of a causal relationship with the vaccination.
“Blood clotting is not among the known side effects of the vaccine. ”
The agency established that it is conducting its investigation vigorously to rule out any possible link completely.
“As a precautionary measure, the remaining stocks of the affected vaccine batch are no longer being issued or vaccinated,” it added.
Also APA news agency quoted AstraZeneca as saying the company was in contact with Austrian authorities and fully supported the investigation.
It noted the vaccine had been approved by the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization based on a global clinical program involving 23,000 participants.
European Union regulators on Jan. 30 approved the product, approving that it was effective and safe to use.
Adverse reactions seen in trials were short-lived for the most part and blood clotting issues were not reported.
Nigeria on Friday began the vaccination of AstraZeneca’s vaccine.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo took their shots of the vaccine on Saturday, respectively.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, noted that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has a mild side effect as persons may experience “small pain” in the area it was injected.
He made this known after the vaccination of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, yesterday.