While the investigation is still ongoing, Dr. Yaffe said the man had vaccine induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia or VITT at the time of his death - the rare blood clots associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
"I would really hope that certainly for the seniors most at risk, we would accelerate their second doses and allow them to get it as soon as possible", said CityNews viewer Sue, whom we have agreed to only identify by first name.
South Sudan received 132 000 doses of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine in late March.More news: Manhattan district attorney convenes special grand jury in Trump probe
A British woman passed away on the weekend while she was receiving thrombolytic therapy in Cyprus, following her vaccination against COVID earlier this month, with officials admitting a link but unable to pinpoint what exactly may have caused the blood clot.
"One of the real difficulties they've had is constant changes in the rollout programme that makes it hard for them, particularly with regards to the AstraZeneca vaccine because we know that is the one that's been most variable in terms of delivery". Experts still maintain the syndrome is exceedingly rare and treatable in most cases.
The AstraZeneca vaccine booking for adults aged 18 and above was made available via https://vaksincovid.gov.my for residents in Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Sarawak and Selangor on a first-come, first-served basis.
The province's top doctor said last week that those who got their first jab of AstraZeneca between March 10 and March 19 during a pilot project at some pharmacies and doctors' offices will be prioritized for the second dose.More news: Journalist Arrested After Plane Forced Down in Belarus
Yaffe said those who received a first dose of AstraZeneca made the right choice.
"I've seen people coming in who have had one dose but yet are very sick and even have died afterwards", he explains.
Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, has said the shorter interval is safe and provides strong protection against COVID-19. "So it's not that it's a hazard to get it earlier, it's just that the data we have is that it may not be as beneficial".
The spokesperson said that "many" pharmacists will reach out proactively to patients to schedule an appointment, however it is not entirely clear what will happen in the case of individuals who received a shot from a pharmacy not offering second doses.More news: Mount Nyiragongo: Volcanic eruption in DR Congo leaves people homeless
In a statement provided to CP24 on Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Minister of Health Christine Elliott said that pharmacies chosen to administer second doses will be listed on the province's website when they are ready to accept appointments.