Man dies after receiving coronavirus vaccine

Designed at the legendary Pasteur Institute in France 100 years ago, the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine is one of the oldest and most reliable immunizations in the world.

A 75-year-old man from Beit She’an died of a heart attack about two hours after being vaccinated against the new coronavirus on Monday morning, the Health Ministry reported.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the man had pre-existing conditions and had suffered heart attacks in the past, it said.

The director general of the Ministry of Health, Chezy Levy, launched an investigation into the incident. “We share the pain of the family,” he said in a statement.

The man was vaccinated around 8:30 am at a Clalit Health Services clinic. It stayed in the facility, as usual, for a short period of time to make sure it had no side effects. When he felt fine, the clinic released him.

Initial findings show no link between the man’s death and his vaccination, Levy said.

When Pfizer submitted its safety data to the US Food and Drug Administration in early December, two trial participants were found to have died after receiving the vaccine. One of the deceased was immunosuppressed, which means that the person’s immune defenses were low.

In response to the report of those deaths, Israel’s Midaat Association said that when vaccines are administered to populations at risk, ‚Äúthere can be unfortunate cases. It should not be inferred from this about the safety of the vaccine, but the transparency required from pharmaceutical companies in the drug approval process is appreciated. “

In large trials of tens of thousands of people, death can occur without any connection to the trial, but companies like Pfizer must report those deaths, Midaat said.

“According to the published data, six of the participants in the experiment died, two of whom received the vaccine and four from the control group,” said Dr. Uri Lerner, scientific director of Midaat. “After an in-depth examination, no connection was found between the experiment and the cause of death.”

Conspiracy theories surrounding the side effects and alleged dangers of newly released coronavirus vaccines have quickly spread across social media.

The main side effects reported in the trials of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were pain, swelling and redness at the injection site and chills, tiredness and general headache. But these effects generally only lasted a few days at most.

Long-term side effects are still unknown, as vaccines are still too new to know. However, most health officials have said they believe the vaccines will not cause long-term harm. In Israel, more than 80% of medical personnel are expected to be vaccinated.

As of Monday morning, Israel had vaccinated 380,000 citizens with the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. According to Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, 99,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday.

Currently, Israel is vaccinating medical personnel, people over the age of 60 and people with chronic diseases. He hopes to begin vaccinating teachers and school staff later this week.

The IDF vaccination campaign began on Monday.

Israel expects to vaccinate up to 150,000 people a day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday night. If successful, 2.5 million Israelis will be vaccinated within a month and a half.

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