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Two deaths in Vietnamese provinces unrelated to COVID-19 vaccination: experts

Two deaths in Vietnamese provinces unrelated to COVID-19 vaccination: experts

Wednesday, June 09, 2021, 17:04 GMT+7
Two deaths in Vietnamese provinces unrelated to COVID-19 vaccination: experts
This image shows a worker getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in Bac Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Viet Nga / Tuoi Tre

A medical board in Bac Giang Province, located in northern Vietnam, has concluded that the death of a local man three days ago had no connection with the coronavirus vaccine used to inoculate him, while the same conclusion was also reached on another post-vaccination death in northern Dien Bien Province. 

The medical board was set up by the Bac Giang Department of Health to investigate the death of 46-year-old N.V.H., who died around six hours after receiving a coronavirus shot at a local health center on June 5.

In its conclusion, the board said the man died of an unknown cause and excluded the vaccine quality from what led to the fatality.

However, experts from the board said they have yet to exclude the man’s post-vaccination hypersensitivity reactions as a possible contributing factor to his death.

They also said the patient’s medical history shows that he once got pneumonia and was placed under observation for pulmonary tuberculosis.

The patient, a driver of a company in Lang Giang District, was vaccinated at 9:20 am last Saturday after he made a health declaration and was deemed qualified for vaccination after an examination by the center’s head.

He stayed in the center for 30 minutes as required for post-vaccination observation and he showed no abnormal health signs during the time.

H. was advised to monitor his health for one week and contact the center at once if he experienced high fever, convulsion, breathing difficulty, or other abnormal symptoms for consultation and instructions.

He later ran a high fever and vomited while his limbs were curled up at 1:00 pm.

After being taken to Bac Giang General Hospital for emergency aid, he died at around 3:00 pm and was taken home.

H. had a history of convulsions and foaming at the mouth but he had not provided such information in his health declaration, local authorities said after communicating with the victim’s family and his company.

The local health center has disinfected the victim’s house and surrounding areas and conducted a quick coronavirus test on the victim and all his close contacts.

All the tests were negative for the virus.

Lang Giang District authorities directed local police to coordinate with the autopsy team to clarify the cause of the death.

Another post-vaccination death happened to a 28-year-old worker of Luxshare Company in Van Trung Industrial Park, Dien Bien Province, also on June 5, three days after he received COVID-19 vaccination.

The worker, identified as D., was taken to Bac Giang General Hospital on June 4 as he experienced headache, weakness in his left hand, and then a coma.

Upon hospitalization, D. was in a deeper coma, with his pupils not responding to light tests.

The patient’s CT-scan images indicated he had a cerebral hemorrhage and cerebral edema.

He was then treated with endotracheal intubation, manual resuscitator, and emergency aid for cardiac arrest.

As D.’s health conditions got worse, his relatives asked the hospital to take him home, and he died afterward.

Like in the driver’s death, medical experts concluded the worker’s passing was not related to his inoculation.

Nearly 1.37 million coronavirus doses have been administered to people in Vietnam as of Tuesday, with more than 42,100 of them receiving two full shots, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News


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