Covid-19: Brazilian states droop AstraZeneca vaccine for pregnant ladies after dying

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Brazilian states halted vaccination of pregnant ladies on Tuesday after a dying in Rio de Janeiro led well being regulator Anvisa to warn towards the usage of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for anticipating moms.

A pregnant lady in Rio de Janeiro died after receiving the AstraZeneca shot, based on state Well being Secretary Alexandre Chieppe, in a case authorities are nonetheless investigating.

Sao Paulo state suspended Covid-19 vaccination for pregnant ladies with danger elements and Rio state suspended immunization of all pregnant ladies. Each states cited the Anvisa suggestion as a motive for the choice.

Requested concerning the suspension, 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 growth, the assertion added.

The well being ministry mentioned it was investigating the case, newspaper Folha de São Paulo reported, citing an announcement from the ministry late on Monday. The ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Tuesday.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is produced and distributed in Brazil through a partnership with public well being institute Fiocruz.

Fiocruz didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

In the meantime, Slovakia’s Well being Ministry mentioned on Tuesday it was halting the usage of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for individuals getting their first doses.

The ministry mentioned it might proceed to make use of the shot for these ready for the second dose and added it was contemplating numerous alternate options on learn how to proceed. The choice comes after the state drug regulator final week reported the dying of a 47-year-old lady that was seemingly linked to the shot.

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