A 32-year-old British psychologist named Dr. Stephen Wright developed blood clots and passed away 10 days after receiving AstraZeneca's Covid-19 shot, as reported by a London coroner on Wednesday. The blood-clotting syndrome that took the recipient's life is rare, with one expert estimating that it occurs in one in 50,000 people under 40 and one in 100,000 over 40.
Dr. Wright's wife, Charlotte, requested the report and discovered he died on January 26, 2021, due to "unintended consequences of vaccination." Dr. Wright had a stroke, vaccine-induced thrombosis, blood clots, thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), and bleeding in the brain. "It was made clear that Stephen was [previously] fit and healthy and that his death was by vaccination of AstraZeneca," Mrs. Wright said. "For us, it allows us to be able to continue our litigation against AstraZeneca. This is the written proof."
When speaking to BBC Radio 4's World at One, Mrs. Wright confirmed that some people were unprepared to hear about her husband's cause of death. "Even with people in my life, there were questions and queries about whether I was actually telling the truth so, two years later, I can finally say it is the truth." According to New York Times, Mrs. Wright is now suing AstraZeneca.
While the AstraZeneca vaccine currently remains unauthorized for use in the U.S., there have been cases of blood clots linked to the Johnson & Johnson shot. A study in 2021 published by The BMJ found a "small increased risk" of TTS after a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab and a possible increase after the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In 2022, a baby in Washington state who received a transfusion from a general blood bank developed blood clots and died after. Yet Daniel Salmon, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says the shots are still "safe and effective." “It’s really quite rare and, at the end of the day, you need to consider the risks versus the benefits with anything you do. And when you look at the vaccines, they’re very safe and very effective.”
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