Pfizer said it was investigating the death of a Florida doctor who had received a dose of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.
According to reports, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also investigating the death of Gregory Michael, a 56-year-old obstetrician and gynecologist who shot 16 days ago.
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals said that so far there is no evidence that Michael’s death was caused by a vaccine it developed with the German biotech company BioNTech.
Manhattan-based Pfizer called it an “extremely unusual clinical case” of severe thrombocytopenia, which severely limits the body’s ability to clot blood and stop internal bleeding.
Pfizer spokesperson Jerica Pitts said in a statement on Wednesday: “Millions of people have been vaccinated so far, and we are closely monitoring all adverse events for individuals receiving our vaccine. “The important point is that, unfortunately, serious adverse events, including deaths not related to vaccines, are likely to occur at a rate similar to the general population.”
The CDC is also aware of the death and “will evaluate the situation as more information is obtained,” the agency spokesperson Tom Skinner told Bloomberg News.
Michael’s wife Heidi Neckelmann (Heidi Neckelmann) said in a Facebook post that her husband died of a stroke after two weeks in a Miami Beach hospital. She attributed his death to “a strong response to the COVID vaccine”, which she said he contracted on December 18.
Neckelman said in the post: “I believe people should be aware that side effects will occur. It is not a good thing for everyone. In this case, it destroys the beautiful life, a perfect family, and affects Many people in the community. She added that her late husband was a “pro-vaccine advocate”.
Pitts said that based on Pfizer’s clinical trials of vaccine injections and “post-marketing experience so far,” Pfizer does not believe there is a link between vaccines and death.
Pfizer’s vaccine is one of two vaccines that US officials have approved for emergency use as the country is working to control the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The other lens was developed by Moderna, a biotechnology company in Massachusetts.
The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment earlier on Wednesday.