Do we know if there is a link between the Pfizer vaccine and the five deaths announced by Olivier Véran?

Question asked on 01/20/2021

On Tuesday, the Minister of Health announced that the pharmacovigilance centers of Nancy, Tours and Montpellier had received reports of five deaths that occurred in the days following a vaccination.

“A reinforced and real-time surveillance system has been set up in France by the ANSM and the network of 31 Regional Pharmacovigilance Centers (CRPV) to identify the adverse effects that could occur after vaccination from the declarations made by health professionals or by vaccinated persons. “

Since the start of the vaccination campaign with Comirnaty (the vaccine produced by Pfizer / BioNTech), 139 reports of effects “Unwanted or unexpected” have been observed in recently vaccinated patients. The ANSM specified that around twenty events comparable to “Serious side effects” have been reported. The cause and effect link has not been established, the agency specifying that these cases “Will be discussed within the framework of the follow-up committee on January 21”.

The five reported deaths concern “Elderly people residing in EHPAD or in old age residences who all presented chronic diseases and heavy treatments”, informed the agency, insisting «[qu’]In view of the information available to us to date, there is nothing to conclude that the deaths reported are linked to vaccination ”.

“Each death declared in a vaccinated patient is analyzed by the CRPV in charge of reporting and discussed collegially within the framework of the weekly monitoring committee which meets every Thursday”, details the ANSM. The pharmacovigilance centers concerned by these reports refuse to comment on the investigations in progress.

“In the days and weeks to come, we will inevitably report serious medical events following vaccination, but we must keep in mind that the thread of disease, life, death does not end. not stop when a vaccination campaign starts. The vaccine does not protect against life events ” recalled, in a recent interview with Release, Maeva Lefebvre, infectious disease specialist at Nantes University Hospital and member of the French-speaking Society for Infectious Pathology (Spilf). In 2018 and 2019, the average number of daily deaths in EHPAD and long-term care units (USLD) was 465, according to data from the CNAM and the ANSM. That of daily hospitalizations exceeded a thousand. «[Ces chiffres] provide a first basis of comparison for monitoring vaccine safety in this population, pending the implementation of fine pharmacoepidemiology studies ”, recalled Tuesday the Medicines Agency in a press release.

According to HAS, the prioritization of the elderly has not yet been called into question. In older people, “The risk-benefit balance is positive” given the danger incurred if they are infected with Covid.

In Norway, as of January 18, 33 elderly people have died after receiving a first dose of the vaccine. 13 cases could potentially be linked to side effects of the vaccine, according to health authorities, adding that “Concerning the cause of death, there is no [encore] had analysis. So it is not established that there is an excess mortality or that it is linked to vaccines ”. The Norwegian Medicines Agency recalls “Expect deaths”, since the national vaccination campaign is targeted at the elderly.

[correction du 20/01 à 18h00 : suppression de la fin de la dernière phrase qui mentionnait une seconde fois les chiffres français cités plus haut, et non les chiffres norvégiens]

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