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Coronavirus: Switzerland denies rumors of COVID vaccine causing death | News | DW

#Swiss medical authorities dismissed rumors of #BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine causing the death of an elderly patient.

The death of the 91-year-old in the central canton of #Lucerne was widely reported in #Switzerland. The #Swiss agency for therapeutic products, #Swissmedic, confirmed the incident on #Monday, but said the patient already suffered from multiple illnesses.

“#Clarifications by cantonal health authorities and #Swissmedic determined that, as a result of the illness history and disease course, a link between the death and the COVID-19 vaccine was highly unlikely,” it said in a statement.

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“#Neither the medical history nor the acute course of disease suggests a direct causal link between the COVID-19 vaccine and the death,” it said.

The regulator said the death certificate would list the previous illnesses as the person’s “natural cause of death.”

#Manufacturer responds

#Pfizer and #BioNTech said in a statement that they were aware of the incident, and that their “thoughts are with the bereaved family.”

“#Serious adverse events, including deaths that are unrelated to the vaccine, are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population of elderly and at-risk individuals who are currently being prioritized for vaccination,” they said.

A view of the the municipality of Ebikon

The patient was reportedly a resident of a care home in the municipality of #Ebikon

The case was initially reported by a coronavirus-skeptic doctor who passed on the case details, #Swiss media reported. #According to initial reports, the nursing home resident received the vaccine on #December 24 and died five days later. They had reportedly reacted poorly to a flu vaccination in the past.

#Millions of people have already been given the #BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine without serious side effects. #Almost 1.8 million people have died from COVID-19 itself, however, including almost over 7,500 in #Switzerland.

#In #Israel, a 75-year-old man, who had previously suffered heart attacks, reportedly died from a heart attack two hours after receiving the #BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine. #Israeli health authorities said there did not appear to be a link between the man’s death and his vaccination.

#Lucerne administered the first of the 107,000 shots that #Switzerland has received so far, with elderly people the first recipients.

aw / dj (#Reuters, AFP, dpa)

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