Paris prosecutors open manslaughter probe into deaths following AstraZeneca vaccines

AFP - [email protected] • 28 Apr, 2021 Updated Wed 28 Apr 2021 14:46 CEST
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 11, 2021 This picture shows vials of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Paris. - AstraZeneca said on April 7, 2021, that two studies conducted by British and European regulators "reaffirmed" that the benefits of its vaccine "far outweigh the risks" despite finding a possible link to rare blood clots. "Overall, both of these reviews reaffirmed the vaccine offers a high-level of protection against all severities of COVID-19 and that these benefits continue to far outweigh the risks," the British/Swedish company said in a statement. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

Paris prosecutors are taking on and combining into a involuntary manslaughter probe three separate investigations over deaths of three people who were given the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in France, they said on Wednesday.


Prosecutors specialised in leading complex investigations into health products will take on the preliminary probes already opened after complaints were filed in Toulouse, Paris and Nantes.

The initial investigations had been carried out by regional prosecutors.

According to the Paris prosecutor's office, the plaintiffs are questioning if there was a causal role of the Astrazeneca vaccine in the deaths of their loved ones.

"We first went to local prosecutors for the sake of speed and to have autopsies and then asked them to transfer the file to Paris," Etienne Boittin, the lawyer behind the complaints told AFP.


In Nantes, a medical student aged 26 died suddenly of a blood clot on March 18th just a few days after getting vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab. The case from Toulouse concerns a social worker aged 38 who also died of a blood clot after her health deteriorated sharply after getting the jab.

Boittin said he was handling fifteen cases of people who died in France after having been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, the vast majority of them aged "under 60 years".

France's national health authority Haute autorité de Santé (HAS) last month said the AstraZeneca vaccine should only be given to those aged 55 and over because of reports of potentially deadly blood clots in a very small number of younger people vaccinated.

The move is broadly similar to actions taken by several European countries although Denmark has banned the use of the vaccine outright.

The authorities have also said under 55s who received a first injection of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine should be given a second jab from a different producer.

However France has said it has full confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine for the over 55s and emphasised it retains a key role in the vaccine rollout.

"You are 50 times more likely to get a vein blood clot crossing the Atlantic by plane than getting vaccinated with AstraZeneca. Vaccines protect us from Covid-19. Let's not give into mistrust!" Health Minister Olivier Véran said earlier this month.



AFP 2021/04/28 14:46

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shinsuke.emori 2021/04/29 17:44
Daniela, it's entirely understandable to feel concerned about lethal side effects of vaccines, but you shouldn't confuse valid subjective concerns with valid objective measurements and entirely discard the latter. It is possible to comprehend and respect both and to make a well-informed decision. The world is complicated, and we should fully acknowledge that and make efforts to understand, instead of simplifying and trivializing.
kenroberts154 2021/04/29 14:12
Hi Danielle Most vaccines, but not all, are injections. AZ is definitely a vaccine against Covid. Ken
jejosi 2021/04/29 12:09
I fully understand Daniela, it is all nice and well to throw procentages for chances around, for those three healthy peoplpe and their families it was 100% bad luck, of you can call it that. What about if you are between 55 and 60? I understand very few of those women thinking Astrazeneca is a good idea! That's only logic.
Daniela.Provvedi_305595 2021/04/29 10:38
I agree vaccines aren't a poison. I didn't say they are. What you don't understand is that AZ is not a vaccine, it's an injection. Go and read up about what vaccines really are.
thelocal_462458 2021/04/29 01:35
Vaccine isn’t a poison. Vaccination is voluntary. What don’t you understand?
Daniela.Provvedi_305595 2021/04/28 22:06
People do not want that AstraZeneca poison put into their arms, neither do they want any other covid-19 injection. Why isn't this understood?
jrcweir 2021/04/28 21:09
Frankly they should open an enquiry into manslaughter by the government due to their complete inability to organise the vaccination process in a timely fashion which resulted in many preventable deaths.

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