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American who took part in the US clinical trial of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is suing the company, claiming it left her “permanently disabled”.

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An American woman who participated in AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine clinical trial is filing a lawsuit against the company, claiming the vaccine left her “permanently disabled,” Telegraph reported.

Utah teacher sues AstraZeneca in first-of-its-kind lawsuit in the US, alleging permanent disability from Covid vaccine

Brianne Dressen, a 42-year-old former teacher from Utah, joined the study in 2020 to help fight the pandemic, along with about 32,000 other volunteers, according to DailyMail.

In a complaint filed on Monday, Dressen said she was “the picture of good health” when she received the jab. Shortly after receiving the vaccine, she experienced tingling in her arm, which then extended to her shoulder and opposite arm. Subsequently, she developed additional symptoms, including blurred vision, headaches, ringing ears, and vomiting.

She is suing AstraZeneca for allegedly breaching their contract by not providing medical care for her side effects. ‘This thing took me out of my job — I’m still permanently disabled,” she told the Telegraph.

Her lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind in the US, where the British-made vaccine was tested but never approved for use.

Within days of getting the vaccine, which has recently been pulled from use due to its association with serious side effects, Dressen experienced a severe neurological condition. She was admitted to the hospital with a painful sensation of pins and needles all over her body.

She was diagnosed with “post-vaccine neuropathy” by National Institutes of Health neurologists in 2021, NY Post reported.

In her legal complaint, filed in the US District Court in Utah, she describes herself as ‘a shadow of her former self.’ She can no longer work, engage in athletic activities, or parent as she used to. Driving even short distances has become a challenge.

Over 50 people join UK lawsuit against pharmaceutical company

Over 50 people have already joined a class action lawsuit against AstraZeneca in the UK, seeking a significant payout. Last week, the company requested the EU to withdraw authorization for its vaccine in member states.

In legal documents filed yesterday, the former teacher asserted that she had signed an agreement with the company, which assured that it would cover the expenses of medical treatment for research-related injuries, as long as the costs were reasonable and the injury was not self-inflicted.

On April 28, the company acknowledged in court documents for the first time that the vaccine could potentially lead to blood clots, albeit in very rare instances.

The AstraZeneca vaccine trial in the US found it to be 79% effective against Covid-19. Despite the US government purchasing tens of millions of doses, the vaccine never received authorization for public use.

A representative for AstraZeneca stated that the company would refrain from commenting on ongoing legal matters.

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