At least 9 deaths after the Covid-19 vaccine in 6 countries are being investigated or have already been examined.
Health officials say that, so far, there is no reason to think the deaths are connected to the shots. However, they say they're taking every precaution to conduct thorough reviews, particularly since the vaccine is being used on an experimental basis due to the pandemic emergency. Scientists say that typically, some adverse events related to a new medicine are only identified after they're in widespread use.
Deaths have been reported in the U.S., Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Portugal, and Norway.
Two deaths occurred in health care workers who were said to be "healthy" prior to vaccination: a Florida doctor and a nurse in Portugal.
Two deaths are reported among elderly residents in Switzerland, including the first person to get a Covid-19 vaccine. There were also two deaths of elderly men in Israel, each within two hours of a Covid-19 shot. An elderly Swedish man also passed away.
The death of the youngest person was that of the Portugal nurse: a 41-year old mother.
According to Bloomberg, 25 million doses of vaccine have been given in 25 countries.
"Healthy" physician in Florida dies two weeks after Covid-19 vaccination
Reported Jan. 10, 2021
Dr. Gregory Michael, 56, was a Miami-Beach obstetrician. He reportedly was vaccinated on December 18 at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Three days later, according to reports, "small spots began to appear on his feet and hands." He went to the Emergency Room at Mount Sinai and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit with a blood count "far below normal ranges."
He suffered a stroke and died.
Authorities have not yet released any conclusions about Dr. Michael's cause of death.
Deaths of two nursing home residents in Norway under investigation
Reported Jan. 6, 2021
Officials say it's possible that the deaths are coincidental. Few details were publicly provided.
Madsen also added that as people of advanced age are receiving the coronavirus vaccine first it is entirely possible that the deaths could be coincidental.
Two Days After Receiving Covid-19 Shot, Healthy 41-Year-Old Mother Dies in Portugal
Reported Jan. 5, 2021
Portuguese officials are investigating the sudden death of a paediatric surgery assistant in Porto found dead two days after receiving the first dose of Covid vaccine. She received the shot December 30.
Sonia Acevedo, a 41-year old mother of two, worked at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology and was one of 538 workers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Her father told reporters she had no health problems prior to getting the vaccine.
First Swiss citizen to receive Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine dies
Reported Dec. 30, 2020
The 90-year old Swiss woman who was the first person to receive a coronavirus vaccine died five days after getting the shot. She was vaccinated on Christmas Eve.
The woman reportedly had previously "reacted negatively" to the flu shot.
Swiss health officials have said the death of the woman, who was not identified by name, was likely a coincidence, unrelated to the vaccine, and that she suffered from "preexisting disease."
Swissmedic issued a statement reading, "a connection between the death and the Covid-19 vaccination is highly unlikely."
91-year old Swiss man dies 5 days after Covid-19 shot
Reported Dec. 30, 2020
A 91-year-old man who lived in a nursing home in Lucerne, Switzerland died five days after getting the Pfizer BioNtech Covid vaccine.
Officials say the man was already ill to begin with and they called a link to the vaccine "highly unlikely."
85-year-old Swedish man dies the day after Covid-19 vaccine
Reported Dec. 30, 2020
An 85-year-old man with died of a heart attack the day after receiving a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Health authorities say the man suffered from pre-existing conditions.
88-year-old Israeli man dies hours after Covid-19 vaccine; doctors stress he was seriously ill
Reported Dec. 29, 2020
An 88-year-old man died in Jerusalem hours after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.
Within two hours of getting vaccinated, the man collapsed at home.
Health authorities stress he had serious preexisting health problems and imply the death was coincidental, not due to the vaccine.
75-year-old Israeli man dies shortly after receiving Covid-19 vaccine
Reported Dec. 28, 2020
On Monday, a 75-year old Israeli man collapsed and was pronounced dead from heart failure within two hours of getting his first dose of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine.
Health officials issued a statement saying that his death, under investigation, did not appear to be connected to the shot. The patient reportedly suffered from heart disease and cancer.