Ontario just confirmed its first death linked to AstraZeneca vaccine blood clots

Andrew Cummings
May 26, 2021

An Ontario man in his 40s has died after receiving a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, public health officials confirmed Tuesday.

The 63-year-old is the only officially confirmed case of vaccine-induced clotting in Greece, according to the National Organization for Medicines (EOF).

"I would really hope that certainly for the seniors most at risk, we would accelerate their second doses and allow them to get it as soon as possible", said CityNews viewer Sue, whom we have agreed to only identify by first name.

In Ontario, roughly one in 60,000 first doses led to blood clots and the risk is considered much lower for a second dose.

The man was given an AstraZeneca shot towards the end of April and died a few weeks later, Yaffe said.

"I am asking people to be a little bit patient".

Local media said the woman, who had no history of thrombi in her vascular system, had received her first dose of the vaccine on May 6, the same day British authorities had announced people under the age of 40 in the United Kingdom were to be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

"Across the sea in the United Kingdom in order to tackle this concern, they have dropped their time from 12 weeks to eight weeks for the second dose of AstraZeneca", he said.

South Sudan will return 72 000 doses of donated Covid-19 vaccines after concluding it can not administer the jabs before they expire, a health ministry official told AFP on Tuesday.

"One of the real difficulties they've had is constant changes in the rollout programme that makes it hard for them, particularly with regards to the AstraZeneca vaccine because we know that is the one that's been most variable in terms of delivery".

On May 11, the province paused the rollout and administration of first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

In mid-May, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said the decision to no longer offer AstraZeneca as a first shot was made as the province receives larger shipments of other vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna.

"We're seeing now with some new data from the United Kingdom that people who get two doses, as [time] goes on, their immunity keeps getting stronger and stronger, approaching some of that equal to the mRNA vaccines", he said.

"The good point is that we have lots of people wanting to get their second dose", said Williams.

"We don't want to have people queuing up for the second dose while we have people still waiting for their first dose", he said.

There have been 16 reported cases of a blood clot in Ontario out of approximately 850,000 doses administered province-wide.

She said that rather than calling pharmacies to book an appointment themselves, those eligible for a second dose should wait to be contacted in the coming days.

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