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Elderly Woman in Japan Dies Several Days After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine

© REUTERS / POOLA medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as Japan launches its inoculation campaign, at Tokyo Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan February 17, 2021.
A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as Japan launches its inoculation campaign, at Tokyo Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan February 17, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.03.2021
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On Monday, Japan received its third batch of Pfizer shots, nearly two weeks after the country approved the American vaccine. The country launched the first steps of its vaccination effort on 17 February, offering inoculations for medical workers.

A Japanese woman in her 60s has died several days after being administered a dose of the Pfizer vaccine, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan announced on Tuesday.

The woman, said to have no underlying conditions or allergies, received the shot on 26 February.

She died on 1 March from what is presumed to be subarachnoid hemorrhage - a type of stroke affecting the space between the brain and the surrounding membrane.

The ministry will launch a probe to establish if the woman's death was related to the vaccine.

A health worker receives an injection with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Fuentelarreina primary healthcare centre in Madrid, Spain January 18, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.01.2021
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WHO Not Aware of Any Deaths Linked to Use of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, Expert Says
So far, there have been no reports of the Pfizer vaccine causing subarachnoid hemorrhages. 

The American medication was approved in Japan on 14 February. Three days later, the country kicked off its vaccination rollout for healthcare workers

Severe side effects or fatalities ostensibly linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been reported in several countries. In Norway, as many as 23 elderly citizens reportedly died after receiving the vaccine.

The World Health Organisation, however, stated that it was not "aware" of any deaths linked to the vaccine.

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