Vietnam’s health ministry reported its first death in a patient who received the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca (AZN.L) on Friday, as the country battles a new outbreak.
A 35-year-old healthcare worker in southern An Giang province died on Friday, a day after receiving her first coronavirus vaccine, the health ministry said in a statement, adding that she died of an allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. .
“This is a very rare case in COVID-19 vaccination,” the ministry said in the statement.
The Southeast Asian country has inoculated around 750,000 people with the coronavirus since the start of its vaccination campaign in early March, according to the ministry. All the images used come from AstraZeneca.
Vietnam has been praised for its ability to quickly contain its outbreaks through targeted mass testing and a strict, centralized quarantine program.
Friday’s death comes as the country battles a new epidemic that began early last week and is rapidly spreading to many parts of the country, including the capital Hanoi.
The ministry reported 47 new infections on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 3,137, with 35 deaths.
The government said last week that the rollout of its COVID-19 vaccine would be accelerated, with the goal of administering all of the 928,800 doses of AstraZeneca it had received so far by May 15.
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