Brazil Seeks To Halt Teen Vaccines After 1 Death, Adverse Events.

Brazil Seeks To Halt Teen Vaccines After 1 Death, Adverse Events

Brazil Health Minister did not specify a reason for requesting a halt (Representational)

Brasilia:

Brazil's federal government wants to halt COVID-19 vaccinations for most adolescents, citing a death under investigation and adverse events after some 3.5 million teens have already been immunized, but several state governments vowed to press on.

At a news conference, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga criticized states and cities for jumping the gun by vaccinating 12- to 17-year-olds without health issues that put them at risk of severe COVID-19, which he said was only supposed to start on Wednesday.

Queiroga said healthy adolescents who have already taken one shot should not take a second - effectively seeking to halt nationwide immunizations for teenagers.

Queiroga did not specify a reason for requesting a halt, but said there were 1,545 adverse events registered, with 93% of them in people who received COVID-19 shots other than the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine - the only one approved for minors in Brazil. He also said there had been one death registered, in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo just outside the Sao Paulo state capital.

In a statement, federal health regulator Anvisa said it was looking into the death of a 16-year-old who got a first dose earlier this month.

"At present, there is no definite causal relationship between this case and the administration of the vaccine," it said in a statement.

Sao Paulo state, the country's most populous, said it has already vaccinated nearly 2.5 million people under 18 years old. Governor Joao Doria said on social media that Sao Paulo would not stop vaccinating adolescents.

Queiroga said evidence about the efficacy of vaccines for healthy teenagers was not yet certain, although clinical trial data has shown them to be effective in preventing illness.

The United States, Israel and some European countries have rolled out vaccinations to children. On Monday, England decided that all 12- to 15-year-olds will be offered a shot after senior medical advisers said kids would benefit from reduced disruption to their education.

It remains to be seen if Queiroga's comments will carry much weight. According to Carlos Lula, the president of the association of state health secretaries, the majority of states do not plan to halt vaccinations for this age group.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
Former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor sentenced to prison for manslaughter.

Former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor sentenced to prison for manslaughter.

A Minnesota judge sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor to nearly five years in prison Thursday for the 2017 fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor was initially convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter, but th...

Moscow announces one-week COVID-19 lockdown

Moscow announces one-week COVID-19 lockdown

CBS News reporter Mary Ilyushina reports from Moscow on the city's one-week lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge in Russia. CBSN is CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service featuring live, anchored coverage available for free across all platforms...

How Covid Vaccine Hesitancy Impacts Herd Immunity

How Covid Vaccine Hesitancy Impacts Herd Immunity

More than half of adults in the U.S. have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, but health experts warn that vaccine hesitancy is slowing down the chances of reaching herd immunity. Epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania School of...

Morning News NOW Full Broadcast - October 21

Morning News NOW Full Broadcast - October 21

The FDA approves a booster shot for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccines, human remains are found in the area authorities were searching for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, and Preside...

Liberal backlash against Sinema grows

Liberal backlash against Sinema grows

Five of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's military veteran advisers resign and say she is one of the "principal obstacles to progress" as she continues to battle Democrats on Biden's agenda. #CNN #News

Live: White House Holds Press Briefing - NBC News

Live: White House Holds Press Briefing - NBC News

Watch as White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a press briefing. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful news brands that deliver compelling, dive...