First COVID-19 vaccine death reported in Vietnam

May 08, 2021 | 12:20
Vietnam reported the first case of death after receiving AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on May 7, two months after vaccination began in the country.
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A health worker in An Giang developed a rare allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccination

According to Tu Quoc Tuan, director of An Giang Health Department, the victim was a 35-year-old female health worker in the southern province of An Giang. She died a day after the first coronavirus vaccine shot despite treatment.

The professional council of the southern province’s health department said she died from allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis due to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug allergy. "This is a very rare case after taking COVID-19 vaccination."

Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long called the woman’s family and the medical staff of the hospital expressing his condolences.

Vietnam began administering the COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca on March 8. As of 16pm of May 7, over 800,000 people across Vietnam had been vaccinated.

Since April 27, Vietnam reported 176 cases of infection, bringing the national total to over 3,152 through the course of the pandemic.

Thus far, Vietnam has received two batches of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca: the first in February with 117,600 doses under a contract purchased by Vietnam Vaccine Company; and the second of more than 800,000 doses in late March under the Covax facility.

As planned, Covax will provide an additional 1.6 million doses to Vietnam on May 10. The vaccines will continue to be used for vaccinating identified priority groups.

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