South Africa confirms first death linked to covid-19 vaccine

The health department of South Africa confirmed the death of an individual slightly linked to the Johnson & Johnson’s Coronavirus vaccine, the first time such a link has been established in the country. 

The deceased was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder by the name of Guillain-Barre Syndrome after getting his jab of the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. Senior scientists whilst addressing a news conference revealed that the patient was put on a ventilator and passed away shortly after.

The head of the South African Vaccination and Immunization Centre (SAVIC), professor Professor Hannelie Meyer stated that no other cause of the Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) could be identified at the time of illness.

The scientists did not disclose the deceased’s age and other personal data due to maintain confidentiality.

Last year in July, authorities in the United States issued a warning against the use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, claiming that data showed a risk of Guillain-Barre Syndrome six weeks after inoculation.

The US authorities noted 100 preliminary reports of Guillain-Barre Syndrome in vaccinated patients, 95 of whom were critical cases and one reported death.

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