Two people died with similar symptoms after receiving their first dose of the Covishield vaccine, triggering an inquiry in Kerala, India.
Covishield is the India-made version of AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria jab, which has been authorized in the EU.
The victims are Mahima Mathew, 31, a pregnant woman and a native of Kanjirappally in Kottayam, and Divya R Nair, 38, a native of Naranganam in Pathanamthitta, both lost their lives two weeks after they got the first Covishield shots, according to Great Game India.
Mahima Mathew received the jab from a primary health center on Aug. 6, then developed a severe headache and was admitted to a private hospital in Pala on Aug. 15. Unfortunately, the hospital declared her brain dead the next day due to cerebral venous thrombosis (a form of stroke) and vaccine-associated thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count). They finally confirmed her death on Aug. 20.
Divya R Nair, meanwhile, got vaccinated at a government facility at Naranganam on Aug. 2 and died on Aug. 16 after suffering an intracerebral hemorrhage at a private hospital in Tiruvalla.
The health department in Pathanamthitta District has ordered an inquiry to ascertain the cause behind Divya’s death.
Divya’s husband, Ginu, told the Aranmula police that she had headaches and body pain after taking the vaccine.
“After some days, she was taken to a private hospital. But her health turned critical. An MRI scan done on August 14, detected a brain bleed, following which she was shifted to a private hospital in Kochi. On the same day, she underwent two surgeries,” he said.
“On August 19, she was shifted to a private hospital in Tiruvalla. Her condition worsened after the vaccination. So we have lodged a complaint demanding an inquiry into her death,” Ginu said.