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British woman dies in Cyprus after AstraZeneca jab

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A 39-year-old British woman died in a Cypriot hospital following a blood clotting incident after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, authourities in Cyprus announced yesterday.

  Spokesperson for the state health services, Charalambos Charilaou, told The media that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) would investigate the death.

  According the Cypriot health authourity report, the woman, treated at Nicosia General Hospital’s intensive care unit, received the first dose of the vaccine on May 6 in the resort town of Paphos on the western coast of the Mediterranean island.

  The woman, who was not named, suffered symptoms days later.

  The Cyprus Mail newspaper further said that the woman suffered a brain haemorrhage and was in a coma before she died.

  Cyprus health authorities have opened an investigation to see if the serious thrombotic episode was linked to the AstraZeneca jab.

  Four other cases of mild blood clotting incidents, three of which occurred after an AstraZeneca shot and one after a Pfizer jab are also being investigated by Cyprus.

  It will be recalled that some countries are restricting or dropping AstraZeneca shots from national vaccine campaigns over very rare blood clots, though the EMA says the benefits outweigh the risks.

  The scientific body overseeing Britain’s coronavirus vaccination programme has recommended that under-40s be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca jabs.

  AstraZeneca is the backbone of the vaccination rollout in Cyprus, where family doctors are allowed to administer the jab to anybody aged over 20.

  Sorce says, many people who booked online to get the vaccine are  snubbing AstraZeneca and opting for other shots.

  According to ‘Our World in Data’ figures, Cyprus is ranked third in the European Union for vaccinations per population, administering 57.54 doses per 100 people.

  Nearly 49 per cent of Cyprus’ adult population has received a COVID-19 vaccine shot, and 21 per cent fully vaccinated, while total infections since the pandemic broke out in March 2020 stands at 71,911 with 354 deaths.

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