Serviceman dies after taking AstraZeneca vaccine

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(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 11 – The death of an 43-year-old Italian
serviceman in Sicily is linked to the decision by Italian
medicines agency AIFA to ban the use of one batch of the
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, batch ABV2856, sources said on
Thursday.
    AIFA said that it has banned doses from the ABV2856 batch being
given as a precautionary measure after reports of “serious
adverse events”.
    It stressed that there was no proof of a link between the
vaccine being given and these events.
    Stefano Paternò, a member of the Italian Navy serving at
Augusta in Sicily, died early on Wednesday of a heart attack at
his home, the sources said.
    The previous day he had had the first dose of the COVID-19
vaccine from the batch AIFA has banned, according to the
sources.
    Prosecutors have opened an probe and have placed around 10
people under investigation on suspicion of manslaughter.
    They include people involved in the distribution of the vaccine
and the health personnel who gave the jab. (ANSA).
   

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