Prosecutors in Italy have launched a manslaughter investigation after a music teacher there died hours after getting the controversial AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Sandro Tognatti, 57, got jabbed in his hometown of Biella on Saturday afternoon and went to bed that night with a high fever, his wife, Simona Riussi, told Italian media.
She called an ambulance the next morning but the clarinetist could not be saved, she said.
Prosecutors in the northern Italian region of Piedmont opened the probe into his death later that day, according to the Italian wire service Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA).
They also seized nearly 400,000 shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the same batch.
Sandro Tognatti died hours after getting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
So far, officials have insisted there has yet to be a direct link between Tognatti’s death and his shot.
A bottle of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been pulled in several countries.
The criminal investigation is to be “completely sure” that the death “cannot be attributed to the above-mentioned inoculation,” prosecutor Teresa Angela Camelio said in a statement.
Italy on Monday joined a growing group of mostly European nations temporarily suspending the UK vaccine amid alarming reports of blood clots in some participants.
They were joined Monday by France and Germany, with the likes of Ireland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Thailand having already suspended its use.
A woman receives the AstraZeneca vaccine at a mass coronavirus vaccination drive-through clinic in Milan, Italy, on March 15, 2021.