PORTO, PORTUGAL — A perfectly healthy 41-year-old is dead after receiving the experimental BioNTech/Pfizer mRNA COVID vaccine, according to the Portugal Resident. Sónia Azevedo and 538 other healthcare professionals at the Instituto Português de Oncologia (IPO) cancer hospital in Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal, received the vaccine on December 30, 2020.
Azevedo had dinner with her family on New Year’s Eve before driving to her boyfriend’s house in nearby Maia. Her boyfriend went to the store the next day. He found her dead body in bed upon his return. Azevedo’s father said she never drank alcohol and was in good health. Azevedo was proud to take the vaccine and even posted photos of the event on social media, according to her father.
Vânia Figueiredo, Azevedo’s daughter, told the newspaper Correio da Manhã: “We don’t know what happened. It all happened quickly and with no explanation. I didn’t notice anything different in my mother. She was fine. She said the area where she had been vaccinated hurt, but that’s normal…”
A statement from Portugal’s Ministry of Justice is seemingly trying to pass off the death to other causes. It said in a statement:
“It is reported, without any reference to the cause of death, which is covered by the secrecy of justice, that the preliminary data resulting from the medico-legal autopsy carried out today [Tuesday] do not show any relationship between death and the vaccine to that was subject.”
We’ll update this story as we learn more.