An 83-year-old man died after receiving a dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, according to the Manaus city hall. As the investigation has not yet been concluded, it is not possible to conclude that the immunizing agent caused death. It was not informed what was the health status of the elderly person or if he had comorbidities.
According to a statement published on Saturday night (30), the Municipal Health Secretariat of Manaus notified on the morning of January 30 the death of the man who received the dose of the immunizer on Friday (29), the day before.
The death announcement was made by the elderly family and “immediately informed” to the Reference Center for Special Immunobiologicals (Crie), a SUS project that seeks to offer vaccines to people with specific needs. After notification, biological data and material were collected for the purpose of exams and analyzes.
In a note from the Manaus City Hall, the head of the Immunizations Division of the municipal health department, Isabel Hernandes, informed that the investigation of the case, according to the national protocol, will be conducted by Crie. Hernandes also stressed that it is still not possible to declare that the death was caused by the vaccine: “We cannot attribute any adverse events to the vaccine until the investigation of the case is complete”.
In a note to CNN Brasil, the Ministry of Health reported that the adverse event is under investigation and that more information will be released over the week. Fiocruz also confirmed the investigation, and said it still does not have an institutional position.
CNN Brasil also contacted AstraZeneca, but has yet to receive a response.
* With information from Pauline Almeida, from CNN, in Rio