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AstraZeneca-linked death confirmed in Alberta

Last Updated May 5, 2021 at 12:31 am EDT

Vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine sit in a fridge at the local vaccine center in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. March, 22, 2021. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matthias Schrader/File

A second person in Canada has died after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health has confirmed the death of a patient linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

In a statement late Tuesday evening local time, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the woman in her 50s died from immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT).

RELATED: Quebecer dead from blood clot identified as Francine Boyer

Last month, a 54-year-old woman in Quebec died from a blood clot after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Hinshaw goes on to say, “while any death is tragic, it is important to remember that the risks of dying or suffering other severe outcomes from COVID-19 remain far greater than the risk following AstraZeneca vaccine.”

More to come.

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