India has reported the first death following the covid-19 vaccination. The AEFI committee’s report stated that the 68-year-old died on March 8, 2021, due to anaphylaxis after being vaccinated.
In the other two anaphylaxis cases, the people, who were given vaccines on January 19 and 16, recovered after being admitted to a hospital.
The report showed that the deceased received his first vaccine shot on March 8. “It is the first death that we have seen in which the reason of death after an investigation was found to be anaphylaxis after vaccination,” said Dr NK Arora, chairperson of AEFI.
According to the report, “Of the 31 causally assessed cases, 18 were classified as having an inconsistent causal association to vaccination, 7 were classified as indeterminate, 3 cases were found to be vaccine product related, 1 was anxiety-related reaction and 2 cases were found to be unclassifiable.”
“Unclassifiable events are events which have been investigated but there is not enough evidence for assigning a diagnosis due to missing crucial information. When this relevant information becomes available, the case may be reconsidered for causality assessment,” the AEFI committee report said.
The panel report said that vaccine product-related reactions are expected and can be attributed to vaccination based on current scientific evidence. Examples of such reactions are allergic reactions and anaphylaxis, etc.