First confirmed death from Covid jab in South Africa

First confirmed death from Covid jab in South Africa

Health officials have confirmed the country's first officially recognised death due to the Covid-19 vaccine. 

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The person had Guillain Barre syndrome, a condition which sees the body's immune system attacking the nerves. 

"It is with sad hearts today that we report to you that Sahpra has been informed of a fatal case of a syndrome called Guillain Barre syndrome," says South African Health Products Regulatory Authority CEO Dr Tumi Semete.

"In this assessment, there is a conclusion that this case of GBS was associated with the event that the individual had received the Covid-19 Jansen vaccine." 

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No further details have been shared on the patient to protect their family. 

Speaking at a briefing earlier led by Health Minister Joe Phaahla, Dr Semete SAPHPRA CEO Dr said more than 100 possible vaccine-related deaths were investigated.

"We can report with confidence that this is the first death that has been causality associated with the vaccine. We have since there are a lot of vaccines assessed close to 160 deaths and in those cases we have not found causality. These deaths are coincidental."  

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