Vaccine death claims refuted

Vaccine death claims refuted

The Public Health Ministry yesterday released figures refuting claims that more than 2,000 deaths have been attributable to Covid-19 vaccination over the past two years.

It unveiled a report on all vaccines administered and associated unintentional deaths at the weekly Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meeting.

This showed that by June 12, 138 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines had been administered.

AstraZeneca was the most used at 48.57 million doses, followed by 42.45 million doses of Pfizer, 26.52 million of Sinovac, 14.85 million of Sinopharm and 6.28 million of Moderna.

The report further indicated 86 cases of adverse effects of which 45 were attributed to Sinovac, 23 to AstraZeneca, 14 to Pfizer and four to Sinopharm.

Also, six AstraZeneca cases and one Pfizer case involved vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT).

Nevertheless, 2,270 deaths were blamed on vaccinations over the past two years, of which 1,624 have been investigated by experts.

Six were acknowledged to have been directly caused by reactions to the vaccine, accounting for 0.37% of 1,624 cases.

Two were the result of VITT, two were due to a severe allergic reaction, one suffered myopericarditis and another suffered Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis.

There were 101 cases where a link to vaccines could not be proven, accounting for 6.22% of the total.

The investigations produced unclear results for 217 cases, accounting for 13.36%. These were among people found to have various possibly pre-existing symptoms such as heart-related diseases (135 cases), cerebral haemorrhage (25 cases) and VITT (2 cases).

The panel will consider re-examining 253 cases, accounting for 15.58%.

The causes of death of the remaining 1,047 cases, 64.47% of those probed, were found to be unrelated to any vaccine.

Among them, 84 were attributed to intracerebral haemorrhage, two were the result of neurological and brain infections, 411 from acute pneumonitis and 184 caused by heart-related diseases.

The department is liaising with hospitals in order to have the rest examined.

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