MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN)-The Miami-Dade medical examiner said that the death of the South Florida doctor was not clearly linked to the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine he took a few weeks ago.
Dr. Gregory Michael, who practiced at Mount Sinai Medical Center, died two weeks after being vaccinated.
His widow, Heidi Neckelmann, wrote on Facebook: “He is very healthy. He is 56 years old and loved by everyone in the community. He gave birth to hundreds of healthy babies during the pandemic. And work tirelessly. I believe people should be aware that side effects may occur.”
Nekerman also said that her husband had a hemorrhagic stroke due to a lack of platelets. According to reports, he suffers from severe thrombocytopenia, which is an abnormal condition that reduces the body̵
Neckelman said he found a spot on his skin three days after the vaccination, indicating internal bleeding, so he sought emergency care.
Dr. Aileen Marty, FIU’s infectious disease expert and professor of medicine, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench: “Any such death is very tragic. He is a colleague, and I feel deeply about the loss of Dr. Michael.”
“There is no indication in clinical trials that this may be the result of the vaccine itself. That is, we are always learning new things. This is a new situation, and we have to study it very carefully.” “You have to look at the worldwide use Millions of people have been vaccinated with these vaccinations and compare them with deaths and morbidities caused by COVID-19 around the world. I know that medical examiners in Miami-Dade are top-notch and will be able to provide us with Detailed information to explain exactly what happened.”
The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner is working with the Florida Department of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate Michael’s death.
Darren Caprara, the business director of the medical examiner’s office, said that although it has no clear connection with the vaccine, it is still being explored.
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Caprala said that Michael received the vaccine around December 19 and died “January 3-4.”
Caprala said that an autopsy was conducted on Tuesday, and the cause of death has yet to be completed by medical examiners and partner institutions.
Pfizer also said it is investigating.
Pfizer said in a statement: “Pfizer and BioNTech became aware of the death of a medical professional sixteen days after receiving the first dose of vaccine.” It added: “This is a very unusual clinical case of severe thrombocytopenia. This disease reduces the body’s ability to clot blood and prevent internal bleeding.”
The company said in a statement: “We are actively investigating this case, but at present we do not think there is any direct connection with the vaccine.”
“In our clinical trials, post-marketing experience to date, or mRNA vaccine platforms, no relevant safety signals have been found. To date, millions of people have been vaccinated, and we are closely monitoring the health of individuals receiving our vaccines. All adverse events.”
CDC officials said on Wednesday that, with the exception of 29 severe allergic reactions, there are no concerns about severe reactions to the coronavirus vaccine.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 5.3 million people in the US received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The agency said in a statement on Wednesday night that it will regularly review safety data with other federal agencies (such as the US Food and Drug Administration) and other independent vaccine safety experts who review data, make recommendations, and provide guidance.
The statement said: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will assess the situation after obtaining more information, and keep abreast of the known situation and take any necessary actions.”
Both Pfizer and CDC said that their thoughts are with their families.
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