Danish woman died from ‘highly unusual’ blood clot symptoms after AstraZeneca vaccine, agency says

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A Danish woman who died shortly after receiving the AstraZenecaCovid vaccine had “highly unusual” symptoms, the country’s medicine agency has said.

The 60-year-old patient had a low number of blood platelets and clots in small and large vessels, as well as bleeding.

The Danish Medicines Agency said a small number of similar cases were found in the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) database of drug side effects – including most recently in Norway on Saturday.

“The disease picture is highly unusual and is currently being thoroughly investigated by the EMA,” it said in a statement on Sunday.

The Danish Medicines Agency said the list of symptoms were not usually seen with blood clots.

Torben Bjerregaard Larsen, a professor of thrombosis (blood clots) and drug monitoring at Aalborg University Hospital, told Danish newspaper Politiken that a low platelet count was unusual for people with blood clots.

“We will see if there has been a very strong blood clotting process in the body. It can be provoked by, among other things, severe infections or trauma. Otherwise, it is not something we usually associate with blood clots,” he said.

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