NSW woman dies of blood clots after receiving AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

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A 52-year-old woman has died after receiving the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, which is the second death in the country linked to the shot.

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A NSW woman has died of blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is the country’s second death linked to the shot. Image: NCA NewsWire / Gaye GerardSource: News Corp Australia

A NSW woman has died of blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is the country’s second death linked to the shot.

The 52-year-old woman had a severe case of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, a rare blood clotting disorder linked to the version of the coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca.

« My heart goes out to the family and all friends and colleagues of this particular individual, » Federal Medical Officer Paul Kelly said.

Although the syndrome is dangerous, it is rare.

The TGA has confirmed 35 cases of TTS related to the AstraZeneca vaccine, with a further 13 cases currently listed as « probable. »

That’s out of more than 3.6 million doses of AstraZeneca administered.

Chief medical officer Paul Kelly said a 52-year-old woman had died.  Image: NCA NewsWire / Martin Ollman

Chief medical officer Paul Kelly said a 52-year-old woman had died. Image: NCA NewsWire / Martin OllmanSource: News Corp Australia

By comparison, the coronavirus itself has killed more than 2 percent of the more than 173 million people infected.

According to the cabinet, this risk calculation makes the further rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine worthwhile.

« I understand this is very worrying news, » Dr. Kelly to reporters.

“I would say we made these decisions based on the risk-benefit equation. Right now, AstraZeneca is a very important part of the rollout of our vaccines, but nothing is mandatory.”

In its weekly report on coronavirus vaccines, released Thursday, the Therapeutic Goods Administration said the woman had a blood clot in the brain.

« This case presented as a severe form of this syndrome, with a blood clot in the brain known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, » the TGA wrote in its report.

The TGA also expressed its « heartfelt condolences » to the woman’s family.

More than 5.4 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Australia, including Pfizer shots.

Australia has recorded more than 30,000 cases of coronavirus and 910 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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