Brazil’s federal authorities on Tuesday nationally suspended the vaccination of pregnant ladies with the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) COVID-19 shot, after an expectant mom in Rio de Janeiro died from a stroke probably associated to the inoculation.
Franciele Francinato, coordinator of the Well being Ministry’s vaccination program, informed reporters the suspension was enacted as a precautionary measure after well being regulator Anvisa issued a warning concerning the vaccine’s use in pregnant ladies earlier within the day.
Authorities are investigating the incident. The suspension applies solely to AstraZeneca’s shot and to not vaccines developed by Sinovac (SVA.O) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) which are additionally getting used within the nation.
The pregnant lady in Rio de Janeiro died after receiving the AstraZeneca shot, based on state Well being Secretary Alexandre Chieppe.
Anvisa mentioned the 35-year-old lady, who was 23 weeks pregnant, died of a hemorrhagic stroke on Monday after checking right into a hospital 5 days earlier.
“The intense hostile occasion of a hemorrhagic stroke was assessed as probably associated to the usage of the vaccine given to the pregnant lady,” Anvisa mentioned in an announcement.
AstraZeneca mentioned in an announcement that pregnant ladies and people breastfeeding have been excluded from scientific trials of its COVID-19 vaccine. Research in animals didn’t produce direct or oblique proof of hurt concerning being pregnant or fetal improvement, the assertion added.
Anvisa mentioned it had not been knowledgeable of another hostile occasions in pregnant ladies receiving the vaccine.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is produced and distributed in Brazil by way of a partnership with public well being institute Fiocruz.
Fiocruz President Nisia Trindade informed reporters that the suspension was needed.
The nationwide resolution to droop the vaccine’s use in pregnant ladies adopted related choices by Rio and Sao Paulo states earlier within the day, citing Anvisa’s advice.
Brazil has recorded the world’s second-deadliest outbreak of COVID-19, with the Well being Ministry reporting on Tuesday that the official loss of life toll had risen to greater than 425,000.