VIENNA, March 2. / TASS /. The Austrian supervisory service received information about 41 deaths of people that occurred after vaccination against coronavirus with the Pfizer-BioNTech consortium vaccine, but the connection with the drug has not been established. This is stated in the distributed report of the Federal Office for Health Security for the reporting period from December 27, 2020 to February 26, 2021.
"The Federal Office for Healthcare Safety has been notified of 41 deaths close to the time of the COVID-19 vaccine (all Pfizer - BioNTech)," the report said.
According to the document, "in three patients, as a result of the autopsy report, a connection with the vaccine was excluded." "11 people were vaccinated during the incubation period of the COVID-19 disease, during which patients died. Another 19 people previously had serious illnesses, presumably causing death. The other eight cases are still being specified or no additional information has been obtained. facts of connection with the vaccine, the investigation continues, "- the report says.
As explained, due to the fact that at the beginning of the vaccination of the population it was mainly elderly people who were vaccinated, it should be expected that over time, natural, that is, not related to vaccination, human health events may occur. In particular, the expected number of deaths one week after vaccination is 3.5 per 1,000 for people at risk of 80 years and older. "Based on this so-called background incidence, one can expect one death per 290 people in this age category. within a week, regardless of vaccination, "the document says.
In addition, life-threatening side effects were reported in 18 patients after vaccination (13 from Pfizer - BioNTech, five from AstraZeneca). The state of health of nine people was restored, while the rest are still being investigated or it was not possible to obtain additional information. "51 patients in a temporary context with COVID-19 vaccine required hospital stays or were extended (45 - Pfizer - BioNTech, 2 - Moderna, 4 - AstraZeneca). 34 patients have already recovered. For 17, the investigation is still pending or we were unable to obtain additional information, "the report summarizes.
In Austria, there have been 6,676 reports of suspected side effects following vaccination since the start of vaccination against the novel coronavirus. The largest share of these falls on the drug AstraZeneca.
Coronavirus vaccination in Austria began in December 2020. For her, drugs are currently used by Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca. In total, during the reporting period, 620,927 vaccinated people were registered in the electronic vaccination passport in Austria. According to the document, the bulk of the alleged side effects refers to the expected reactions to the vaccine, which are described in clinical trials of the corresponding drugs: headaches, fever, weakness, pain in the area of the injection.
Thus, at present, in Austria, a total of 75,010 vaccinations were made with AstraZenec, after which 3,574 reports of side effects were received (in a ratio of almost 48 reports per 1000 vaccinations). With Pfizer-BioNTech - 527,114 vaccinations, followed by 2,929 reports of various reactions (in a ratio of almost six reports per 1,000 vaccinations). With Modern - 18 803 vaccinations, after which there were 173 reports of side effects (almost 10 reports per 1000 vaccinations).
"The AstraZenec vaccine demonstrates a clearly higher performance than the Pfizer vaccines - BioNTech or Moderna," the report says.Most of the side effects were mild to moderate, after which they disappeared within a few days. “In addition, it can be assumed that the media coverage of the vaccine over the past few days and weeks has increased the sensitivity for reporting suspected side effects and reactions to the vaccine,” the report said.
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