Japan COVID-19 Vaccine Recipient Dies, Health Ministry Says Death Not Related to Jab

TOKYO – A woman who received the Pfizer-BioNTech jab on Feb. 26 had died on March 1, the Japanese health ministry reported on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, the woman, in her 60s and with no underlying disease and allergy history, is suspected to have died of subarachnoid hemorrhage. It is a disease that is likely to occur in people in their 40s and 60s.

“So far, it seems that there is no association between subarachnoid hemorrhage and the COVID-19 vaccine based on inoculation cases overseas. It may be an accidental case, but it is necessary to collect more information on this case and evaluate it,” Tomohiro Morio, Chairman of the Vaccination and Vaccine Subcommittee, Health Science Council, said.

Japan started its inoculation campaign on Feb. 17, beginning with approximately 40,000 medical professionals at 100 hospitals nationwide. - Florenda Corpuz