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Health Dept says Filipina died of aneurysm, not vaccine

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The initial autopsy on Anacleto showed she had cardiac arrest due to aneurysm

The Hong Kong Health Department has said that a preliminary
autopsy has shown that Filipina domestic helper Jergrace T. Anacleto died on
Sunday, May 9, from “ruptured dissecting aneurysm of aorta” and not from her
vaccination.

In layman’s terms, aortic dissection happens when the inner
layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel of the heart, tears, causing blood
to surge and the aorta to separate. It is a serious heart condition and the
main cause of cardiac arrest.

Anacleto’s sudden death, which happened 18 days after she
had a dose of the BioNTech vaccine, caused widespread fear among Filipinos in Hong Kong, now apparently unfounded, that her death was
caused by her inoculation.

According to the DH’s emailed response to The SUN’s query yesterday, Anacleto’s death “did not fulfill the criteria for reporting as AEFI (Adverse Events Following Immunization), and no clinical evidence was provided to support the event was caused by vaccine.”

“According to information, she had received a dose of Comirnaty (BioNTech) vaccine 18 days (April 21) prior to her death. There was no record that she complained of feeling unwell during observation at the vaccination centre,” said the DH reply.

Still, the case will reportedly be forwarded to a team of experts at the University of Hong Kong for further analysis.

A police report said Anacleto, who was 44, collapsed in her
employer’s house at No 8 Tai Mong Tsai Road in Saikung at about noon on Sunday,
and was taken to Tseung
Kwan O
Hospital in a coma.

She was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

One of her close friends said Anacleto, who hailed from
Guimaras Provice, was a widow with a 21-year-old son.

Her employer, Judith Bailey, has announced in a Facebook
post that a memorial mass for Anacleto will be held at St Vincent Church
in Hang Hau at 10am this coming Sunday, May 16.

Suspected adverse events are reported only if they happened within 14 days after the jab

In its response, the DH explained that Anacleto’s death was not reported to the public because it did not fulfill the reporting criteria of AEFIs and did not happen within 14 days after vaccination.

When there are “obvious medical causes (such as clinical
diagnosis and post-mortem evidence), health care professionals may consider the
case not fulfilling the criteria for reporting as AEFIS, said the statement.

It also cited figures from the Hospital
Authority showing that from Apr 5 to May, 2021, the ratio of death among
unvaccinated people was 53.1 cases out of 100,000 people. For those who had the
vaccine the ratio was only 2.3 cases for every 100,000 people.

“The overall death rate is similar to that recorded in the
past years. Based on the statistical analysis of the above figures, there is no
evidence that vaccination increases the risk of death for recipients,” said the
DH.

As of May 2, the Expert Committee that assesses adverse
events after vaccination has ruled that seven deaths reported were not related
to the patients having received vaccination.

It has issued preliminary rulings with the same finding in 21
other deaths which are still awaiting final autopsy reports. 

“The Expert Committee considered there is no unusual pattern
identified so far, and will continue to closely monitor the relevant situation
and collect data for assessment,” said the HA.

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Pennsylvania House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports,’ limit health secretary during emergency – 6abc Philadelphia

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The Pennsylvania House voted to ban the use of COVID-19 “vaccine passports” by colleges and put new restrictions on the health secretary’s powers.

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Health Canada extends expiry dates for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines set to expire Monday – CityNews Toronto

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Health Canada extends expiry dates for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines set to expire Monday - CityNews Toronto

The Ontario government said Saturday certain lots of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that were set to expire on May 31 can now be used past their original expiry date following authorization by Health Canada.

“Health Canada has issued an authorization to extend the expiry date of specific lots of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from six months to seven months, following the review of submitted stability data,” said Alexandra Hilkene, press secretary to the minister of health.

Hilkene said vaccines that were set to expire May 31 can now be used until July 1.

NEW: Health Canada approves extending AstraZeneca expiry date from May 31st to July 1 “following a review of stability data.” It means Ontario’s AZ doses, set to expire this Monday, are no longer at risk of spoilage. #onpoli

— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) May 29, 2021

Pharmacies and physicians’ offices had been rushing to administer thousands of shots this weekend ahead of the now-changed expiry date to avoid wasting doses.

The province started offering it for second shots to people who received the dose between March 10 and March 19 at pharmacies in Toronto, Windsor and Kingston, and at some primary care offices.

Approximately 90,000 people participated in the AstraZeneca pilot between March 10 and March 19. Many eager vaccine recipients reported frustration this week when trying to book second doses at pharmacies that were still waiting on delayed supply.

“Acceleration of AstraZeneca second doses will be continued with a 12-week interval, dependent on vaccine supply, with booking eligibility based on the date of the first dose,” Hilkene said Saturday. “AstraZeneca doses will be distributed across the province to be available for individuals at the 12-week interval.”

The province paused the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this month due to an increase in reports of rare but deadly blood clots.

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No one will be forced to take the vaccine however you will protect others if you get vaccinated – Minister for Health

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No one will be forced to take the vaccine however you will protect others if you get vaccinated – Minister for Health

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