This is a first in Canada. A 54-year-old woman has died in Quebec after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, Quebec Prime Minister François Legault announced on Tuesday. “I am sad to know that a healthy 54-year-old woman (…) died because she was vaccinated. It’s hard to take, ”he said.
The woman, whose identity has not been revealed, “died of cerebral thrombosis following an AstraZeneca vaccination,” said Dr. Horacio Arruda, director of public health in Quebec. She had received medical treatment, which did not “work”, he said.
The Quebec Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, for his part tried not to allow doubts to grow about this vaccine and vaccination in general. “We knew that serious complications, there was one in 100,000 (doses administered), but we must remember that to date, we have had more than 400,000 people who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca,” he said. declared. This death “should not change” the strategy for using this vaccine in Quebec, recommended for people over 45 years old, said Dr. Arruda.
Trudeau vaccinated with AstraZeneca
As of Friday, Canadian authorities said just over 1.1 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, one of four authorized by Ottawa, had been administered in Canada. Only four cases of blood clots associated with low platelets had so far been reported in the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself received a first dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine on Friday.