The Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB)has launched investigations after woman miscarried and died after receiving the AstraZeneca Covid 19 vaccine.
Dr. Peter Ikamati, Deputy Director, PER, at the PPB, stated that the death could have been caused by the miscarriage and not necessarily by the vaccine.
He added that a report would be released after investigations were complete on the matter that happened in Uasin Gishu county.
“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 on Wednesday.
“Because of the gravity of the matter, when a severe case is reported, PPB will follow up within 24hours.”
Dr. Ikamati further added that 279 people had adverse effects after taking the vaccine, with 7 others experiencing severe symptoms.
The Ministry of Health also said 370,000 Kenyans have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19, with Lamu recording the lowest number of people at 262.
“You can get vaccinated today and it does not mean you can’t suffer any other effects such as hypertension or diarrhea…If this happens after the vaccine, it may not mean such effects were caused by the vaccine,” said Dr. Collins Tabu, Head of Immunization, Ministry of Health.
Dr. Tabu stated that Kenya is projected to spend more than Ksh.36 billion to deliver the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.
This comes at a time when some European Countries suspended the use of AstraZeneca Vaccine.
The Netherlands stopped the injection people above the age of 60 with the vaccine early April.
In the UK seven people were reported to have died after reports of blood clotting after receiving the AstrZeneca Covid jab.