ROME, 15 Mar – RIA Novosti, Alexander Logunov. The prosecutor's office in the Italian city of Biella has seized AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine after the death of a music teacher injected with the drug.
Prosecutors of the Piedmont city opened an investigation into the death and imposed and “urgent preventive arrest on the party ABV5811 throughout the national territory”, they said in their message. The order of law enforcement officers followed the decision of the regional authorities to suspend the use of the vaccine from this batch.
Music teacher Sandro Tonyatti passed away a few hours after receiving the vaccine at the age of 57.
Earlier on Monday, the president of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia, said that Carabinieri units from the health department had arrived in the region from Piedmont to arrest party 5811. The operation, which he called “bad news” and “another blow”, touches all of Italy, he said. …
LaPresse reported that 393,000 doses of the drug will be withdrawn from distribution centers.
Last week, the Italian Medicines Agency banned the use in the country of doses from the batch of ABV2856 “as a precautionary measure” pending clarification after all the circumstances in Sicily. three deaths were recorded shortly after vaccination against coronavirus infection using the drug AstraZeneca. Prosecutors' offices in three Sicilian cities are investigating the circumstances. Prime Minister Mario Draghi later pointed out that Italian medical authorities found no evidence of a link between the use of this vaccine and the death of several citizens.
As the head of Aifa Giorgio Palu said on Monday, the volume of the batch 2856 of the AstraZeneca vaccine banned for use in Italy is 250 thousand doses.
Recently, EU countries have received another large batch of Oxford vaccine from AstraZeneca, in particular, a batch of ABV5300 has been shipped to 17 countries. The authorities in Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Luxembourg decided to suspend the use of doses from this consignment as a precautionary measure. Denmark, Norway and Iceland, and later the Netherlands, also suspended the drug on Thursday. Bulgaria did the same on Friday. The authorities in Italy and Romania made a similar decision regarding doses from the ABV2856 batch.
The European Medicines Regulator – the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – said it is continuing to investigate incidents of patients who received the vaccine from the same batch of AstraZeneca vaccine in several EU countries and who later had thromboembolic complications, but still believes that there is no indication yet that the vaccine could have caused these conditions.