There is no evidence that the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 was responsible for the death of an elderly person in Switzerland just days after receiving the sting, the Swiss authorities said on Wednesday.
The Swissmedic regulatory authority and regional authorities in the central canton of Lucerne have confirmed reports that a 91-year-old person who was one of the first to receive the vaccine in Switzerland last week had died.
However, a Swissmedic spokesman insisted that the time of death on Tuesday in a Lucerne nursing home, just five days after receiving the vaccine, was “a coincidence”.
“Investigations by the cantonal health authorities and by Swissmedic have shown that due to the medical history and the development of the disease, a connection between death and the Covid-19 vaccination is extremely unlikely,” said Swissmedic in a statement.
The person who died had already suffered from several diseases, the agency said.
“Neither the medical history nor the acute course of the disease suggest a direct causal link between the Covid-19 vaccine and death,” it said.
“Pre-existing illnesses” were listed in the death certificate as a natural cause of death.
Swissmedic, which approved the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine on December 20, emphasized that no unknown side effects have occurred in the country since vaccinations began a week ago.
Millions of people have already received the vaccine in a number of countries and no deaths have been linked to the shocks to date.
Pfizer and BioNTech said they were aware of death and said their “thoughts are with the families of the bereaved”.
The two companies also stressed in a statement that “unfortunately, serious adverse events, including non-vaccine-related deaths, are likely to occur at a rate similar to that of the general population of elderly and vulnerable people currently affected.” Prioritized vaccination. “
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