A British Cyprus-based model suffered from a blood clot and died days after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Paphos, a health official said on Monday.
Stephanie Dubois, 39, had no underlying health issues according to health officials at the hospital in the capital Nicosia, where she was hospitalized on May 14 after suffering respiratory problems, reported Time, a British national newspaper.
Dubois – who had lived in Tsada, a village just outside Paphos, for five months – had a “severe thrombotic episode” after receiving the first dose of the vaccine on May 6, Time reported.
the Cypriot courier, a local newspaper, reported that the model suffered a brain hemorrhage and was in a coma before dying on Saturday afternoon.
His death will be investigated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Cypriot health service spokesperson Charalambos Charilaou said, Time reported.
In a May 6 Facebook post, Dubois revealed that she received the first dose of the vaccine, noting, “And now I feel horrible … pizza and reads for me.”
On a Facebook post on the morning of May 14, she wrote: “I woke up feeling good, then within an hour I had tremors all over my body, all my joints seized up and I had trouble breathing and was cold to my bones with a persistent headache and dizziness.
“I was convinced that I would go down with Covid! Mom and dad came to take care of me and took me for a Covid test, which luckily was negative … but that still doesn’t explain what the problem is.
“Now after an IV I’m going for a full blood test to see if we can figure out what the problem is,” Dubois wrote in the post.
In a later Facebook post on May 14, the model wrote, “I had my blood drawn and there is definitely something wrong with my white blood cell count being high, but they don’t know what it is. that it causes.
“Maybe I have a prolonged reaction to my Covid jab last week, or maybe these side effects affected my immune system and I caught something else in the process.
“I’m completely exhausted, no energy and my whole body hurts with aching and weak joints … but it’s better than this morning. This morning really scared me to be honest”, a- she wrote in the post.
On May 19, Dubois would have fallen into a coma and “we did not expect him to come out”, according to a friend, Andrew Powers, Time reported.
The country’s health ministry adviser, Maria Koliou, told the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), the country’s public service broadcaster: “We expected to see a very small number of such incidents with the vaccination of younger groups. “
Koliou said the ministry should discuss the side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine and whether to recommend different age limits for administering it, the Cyprus Mail reported.
Newsweek has contacted the Cypriot Ministry of Health and EMA for their comments.
Three other incidents of thrombosis have been reported in Cyprus after vaccinations, two of which also received the AstraZeneca vaccine. The cases were among 40 reported serious side effects that may be related to COVID-19 vaccinations, which were referred to the EMA, the Cyprus Mail reported.
In its latest recommendations published on May 21, the EMA advises against administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to “anyone who has had blood clots with a low concentration of blood platelets (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, TTS) after receiving the vaccine” .
“There have been cases of unusual blood clots with low platelets in people who received Vaxzevria (formerly the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca).”
On April 23, the EMA said: “The benefits of Vaxzevria outweigh its risks in adults of all age groups; however, very rare cases of blood clots with low blood platelets have occurred after vaccination … 100,000 people vaccinated. “
The larger picture
The coronavirus has infected more than 167.3 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China, including more than 33.1 million in the U.S. More than 3.4 million people are died and more than 1.6 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered worldwide, as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins.
The graphic below, produced by the research provider Statista, shows the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people in different countries.
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