Once again, the covid vaccine is in the spotlight. While the vaccination campaign is just beginning, the distrust of part of the population towards this vaccine seems to persist.
Several reasons can explain this skepticism: the speed of vaccine manufacture, fear of side effects, the role of pharmaceutical companies, etc. But this mistrust is mainly fueled by a strong disinformation campaign, especially on social networks.
On Twitter, multiple Internet publications accuse this vaccine of being the cause of deaths “suspicious”.
FDA: Covid-19 vaccine can trigger 22 serious health problems, even death! https://t.co/9LUv1QAqT5
– Jean-pierre Barboza (@ Jeanpie04934823) January 6, 2021
To see more clearly, the editorial staff of Allodocteurs.fr takes stock of three deaths that have made the rounds of social networks.
The death of a nonagenarian in Switzerland
– Dom (@domsfolkloric) December 30, 2020
On December 30, 2020, five days after being vaccinated, a resident of a nursing home died in Lucerne, Switzerland.
In this press release, the Swiss Therapeutic Products Institute judges “highly improbable”A possible link between the death of this 91-year-old patient and the vaccination. In question ? He “suffered from several serious previous illnesses”. Therefore, since the nonagenarian was ill before his vaccination, the investigation concluded that “natural death”.
Upon the announcement of this death, the Pfizer laboratory wished to recall that these events “not related to vaccine”Can occur:
“Serious adverse events, including non-vaccine related deaths, are unfortunately likely to occur at a rate similar to that of the general population of elderly and at-risk people who are currently priority for vaccination”.
Israeli dies two hours after vaccine
75-year-old Israeli man dies 2 hours after getting Covid-19 vaccine https://t.co/lXtPlb7074
– Erzebeth (@ Erzebet44227838) December 30, 2020
According to this tweet, and many others, the covid vaccine would have killed a man in just two hours. Once again, this is wrong.
“On December 28, 2020, in northeast Israel, a 75-year-old man dies just two hours after his injection“. So far, everything is fair.
But this man did not die of a reaction to the covid vaccine, but of a heart attack. It is in any case the conclusion of the investigation opened by the Israeli Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, the ministry said the man had suffered heart attacks in the past.
Once again, the temporality of this tragic event is a sad coincidence, and not proof of the dangerousness of the vaccine.
Six dead during Pfizer trials?
Another rumor circulated in December on social networks, this time about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine trials. At the time, it is a report released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which arouses the concern of Internet users.
On one line of this report we can read “Death: Total: 6”, Translation: six people died during testing of the Pfizer vaccine. But when you take a closer look, it’s not that simple.
First of all, among these six people it is indicated that four of them received a placebo, that is to say a vaccine without active principle.
For the two people who received the vaccine, their deaths have nothing to do with the injection. The FDA explains that the first patient died of cardiac arrest 62 days after receiving the injection. The second died of atherosclerosis, a chronic arterial disease he suffered from before the Pfizer test.
In addition, if we relate these six cases to the entire group that tested the vaccine (43,448 participants), they represent a mortality of 0.01%. In the age groups where they occurred, these events represent a typical percentage of mortality.
Should we be afraid of side effects?
With such a disinformation campaign on social networks, it is difficult to reassure the population around vaccination. Just type the word “vaccine” on Twitter to see the scale of the phenomenon.
But as Antoine Bristielle, an expert at the Jean-Jaurès Foundation, explained to us, the authorities must understand this mistrust and provide it with concrete answers.
So far, what do we really know about the side effects of the covid vaccine? As you were told in this paper, the number of serious allergic reactions to the Pfizer vaccine remains “exceedingly rare“.
About 1 in 100,000 people have experienced a serious allergic reaction after receiving a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. A reassuring figure since these allergic reactions are usual with vaccines, and they are easily treated.