Five deaths of “elderly or very old people with comorbidities”, who had received an injection of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, have been recorded in France to date, without a link being established at this stage between their death and a reaction vaccine, we learned on January 19 from the health authorities.

“At the national level, we recorded 139 cases of adverse effects and five deaths were recorded by the regional pharmacovigilance centers” of Tours, Nancy and Montpellier, said the Ministry of Solidarity and Health. Nearly 480,000 doses of vaccine have been injected in France since December 27.

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“Elderly people with co-morbidities”

“In view of the elements available to us to date, there is nothing to conclude that the deaths reported are linked to vaccination. All of them occurred in elderly patients in nursing homes,” added the National Security Agency a little later. drug and health products (ANSM), interviewed by AFP.

“In all cases, they are elderly or very old with comorbidities,” added the source to the ministry. This was confirmed by the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, during a visit to a vaccination center in Nancy.

“These are people who may have died in the days following the vaccination without showing signs of an allergic reaction” after the injection, he said.

For its part, the ANSM specifies that “outside the context of the Covid-19 epidemic”, 465 residents of nursing homes or long-term care units (USLDs) at the hospital die every day, and more than 1,000 are hospitalized daily, according to a “first work” covering the years 2018-2019 to have elements of comparison.

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No link to vaccine

“The deployment and scaling up of the campaign increases every day, in this population, the probability of seeing deaths occurring after vaccination against COVID, even in the absence of any effect of the vaccine”, concludes the drug agency , specifying that a report will be published every week.

According to the French Ministry of Health, “to date, we have 71 observations of death” at European level. On January 18, health officials in Norway pointed out that there was no established link between the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and the deaths of 33 elderly people who received a first injection of the product.

“No case of death among the elderly has been attributed at this stage to vaccination with Comirnaty,” its trade name, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Monday.