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Man dies 2 days after receiving Sinovac vaccine

03 March 2021

By The SUN

The patient died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Sunday

A 63-year-old man is reported to have died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Sunday, two days after receiving the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine at a government vaccination center in Jordan.

The Department of Health said in a statement posted late today, Mar 2, that it had just been informed of the death, but did not explain the delay.

A spokesman said officials immediately contacted the Hospital Authority to get more information about the death as part of their investigaton.

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But he stressed it was too early to say whether the man’s death was related to the vaccine that he received.

“At the moment, the causal relationship with the vaccine cannot be ascertained,” said the spokesman.

The patient was among the first to get the Sinovac jab on Friday

The statement said the patient was vaccinated at Kwun Chung Sports Centre on Friday last week, the first day of the citywide mass vaccination.

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On Sunday, he developed acute breathing difficulties and went on his own to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he died later that day.

Some media reports said the man suffered cardiac arrest shortly after being admitted and died after resuscitation attempts failed.

They also said the man suffered from chronic illnesses so hospital staff did immediately link his death to his having had a vaccine.


A panel of experts on Covid-19 will reportedly look into the death and announce their findings later.

Earlier, authorities reported a separate case of a 72-year-old man who developed heart palpitations on Sunday, within 30 minutes of receiving the vaccine at the Central Library vaccination centre.

The man is said to be in hospital in stable condition.


The news comes on the eve of the start of online bookings for receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the first to be approved for use in Hong Kong, but delivered a week after the Sinovac shipment.

Officials say they expect thousands of people to register for the Pfizer/BioNTech inoculation, which will start on Mar 10.

CHP reported only 13 new Covid-19 cases today, 6 of them imported

Health officials today reported 13 new infections, six of which were imported cases.

Two patients flew in from Pakistan, one of whom was found to have the coronavirus variant. Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates each accounted for two of the other patients.

More than 10 preliminary positive cases were reported, including nine whose sources of infection are unknown.

Among them is a 23-year-old woman who worked in sales at a fitness centre in Central, and had visited two bars cum restaurants in Lan Kwai Fong and Soho.

The confirmed cases included a retired academic at  the University of Science and Technology who may have contracted the virus from a 28-year-old man who was able to skip quarantine after arriving here from Shenzhen.



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