DENPASAR, KOMPAS.com – An Indonesian man on the resort island of Bali has died on Monday, after he received the Covid-19 vaccine from the AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company.
The death is the fourth of its kind, since the vaccine started to be used in the country this May. Batu Bintang Dauh Puri Kelod hamlet head I Nyoman Mardika said the deceased was identified as Muhamad Abdul Malanua.
“We found Malanua dead in his boarding house room, two days after he received an AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a local administrative office last Saturday,” said Mardika.
“We have yet to determine his cause of death. But [Malanua] was known to have health issues such as hypertension and vertigo,” he added. “He was treated for his conditions at a local clinic before he received his vaccination.”
Mardika noted that the locals raised concerns about Malanua’s health. “A number of local people suggested that Malanua receive the vaccine later because of his heath condition. But he insisted on receiving it after he claimed that he was fine.”
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Mardika added that Malanua complained of headaches and shortness of breath. “But instead of going to a hospital to receive treatment, Malanua went back to his boarding house. I was visited by another boarder who informed me that [Malanua] died.”
Mardika added that Malanua’s remains were then brought to the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, before it is returned to his hometown of Banyuwangi in East Java.
In Jakarta, medical authorities at the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital carried out an autopsy on Trio Fauqi Virdaus, the first Indonesian recipient of the AstraZeneca vaccine to have died after receiving the vaccination.
The National Commission for Post Immunization Incident or Komnas KIPI carried out the autopsy after Trio’s family gave their consent. They have yet to announce the results of the procedure on the 22-year old.
Trio received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on May 5 at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno sports complex. He died a day later after he complained of vaccine side effects such as headaches and fevers of up to 39 degrees Celsius.
Aside from Trio and Malanua, a 60 year-old motorcycle taxi driver in Jakarta and a 45-year old man in Ambon, the provincial capital of Maluku province, died after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
KIPI head Hindra Irawan maintained that the vaccines did not cause the deaths. He suspected that the motorcycle taxi driver died of pneumonia, while the fatality in Ambon was already terminally ill with Covid-19.
He added that an additional 27 people died after receiving the Sinovac vaccine. Hindra also attributed their deaths to pre-existing condition or comorbidity, not to the vaccine.
However, the fatalities caused the Food and Drug Agency to halt usage of the CTMAV547 AstraZeneca Covid-19 batch.
(Writers: Ach. Fawaidi, Bali Contributor Bali, Ach. Fawaidi, Nirmala Maulana Achmad |
Editors: Pythag Kurniati, Egidius Patnistik)