Austria withdraws AstraZeneca batch as death probed
Austria will stop using doses from one batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine while the death of a nurse who received it is investigated, health officials have said.
The decision had been taken as a precaution, the National Office for Health System Safety (BASG) said late on Sunday, adding that there was "no evidence of a causal link" between the jab and the woman's death.
The 49-year-old nurse died two days after having the jab from "severe blood coagulation problems" and another woman who received a jab from the same batch developed a pulmonary embolism, but is now recovering.
Both women received the vaccination at a hospital in the town of Zwettl, west of the capital Vienna.
An autopsy is being carried out at Vienna's AKH hospital on the woman who died, with the results expected in the coming weeks.
"The necessary investigation is currently underway... to definitively rule out any possible link."
Since inoculation campaigns began in earnest, isolated cases have been reported in some countries of people dying shortly after receiving a vaccine.
None has been linked to the vaccine.
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