A Brazilian health official said the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 virus in pregnant women should be ‘stopped immediately’ as authorities investigate the death of a Rio de Janeiro woman who received it.
A Brazilian health official has urged officials to stop donating AstraZeneca Plc Covid-19 bullets to pregnant women as authorities investigate the death of a Rio de Janeiro woman who received the vaccine.
Anvisa, as regulators are known, said the use of pregnant women’s shots should be “stopped immediately,” according to a post on her Monday post.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health wrote in an email that it had been notified by Rio de Janeiro officials about the matter and was looking into the alleged first death by Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.
The ministry said the risk was “very low and low compared to the risks posed by Covid-19,” and continued to encourage pregnant women to get vaccinated. But vaccination of those without co-morbidities should be tested.
Sao Paulo state has temporarily suspended vaccinations for pregnant women with previous illnesses following Anvisa’s advice. New plans will be announced after the Ministry of Health and Anvisa released a new release, the government said in a statement.
Responding to emails to questions, Astra spokesman said “pre-hospital medical research does not show any possible complications for the pregnancy or growth of the baby, but these studies are still ongoing.” Pregnant and nursing women were not excluded from the company’s tests.
AstraZeneca is one of only two firearms available in the country, with a population of 212 million. Brazil, which has vaccinated 8.6% of the population, recently moved pregnant women to the first phase of the vaccine and called on women to consider late pregnancies among new mothers.