Kenya Denies Reports That One Person Died After Getting AstraZeneca Injection

KEY POINTS

  • The ministry of health in conjunction with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board have denied reports that someone died after being injected with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
  • The ministry was responding to allegations by certain media houses that were propagating that information.
  • In the meantime, the Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) on Wednesday launched investigations after a woman miscarried and died after receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

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The ministry of health in conjunction with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board have denied reports that one person died after receiving the AstraZeneca Injection.

The ministry was responding to allegations by certain media houses that were propagating that information.

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“The Pharmacy and Poisons Board would like to clarify reports by a section of the media that one person had died  after being injected with the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. There was a misreporting of an Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) as fatal.” Read part of the statement by the Ministry of health and Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

Further, the Pharmacy board stated that out of the 279 adverse instances reported, 272 cases were very mild and the same was resolved almost immediately. As a result, they declared that a probe has been launched on the adverse cases so that they establish the way forward, urging those who feel strange signs to report so that they can do a follow up.

“All reported serious AEFI are under investigations and non of them, has resulted into fatal outcomes. Indeed, the seven serious AEFI have been reported as resolved. We call upon the public to report to PPB at pv.pharmacyboardkenya.org or call 0795743049 any suspected reaction including death for follow up and investigation.” They added.

In the meantime, the Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) on Wednesday launched investigations after a woman miscarried and died after receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

According to Dr. Peter Ikamati who is the Deputy Director at the PPB, the death could have been caused by the miscarriage and not necessarily by the vaccine.

“What we can say is it was a misreport, an expectant female got a miscarriage, it happened within period of being given vaccine. Miscarriage could have happened, it does not have to be linked to the shot,” Dr. Ikamati said.

RELATED STORY: Netherlands Bans AstraZeneca Use For Those Under The Age Of 60 Years

 

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