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Covid vaccine causing deaths? AEFI experts say there’s insufficient evidence

Most of the eight deaths analysed for Serious Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) in opposition to Coronavirus illness (Covid-19) have had temporal relationship, however there’s insufficient definitive evidence for vaccine causing occasion, the nationwide committee performing causality evaluation outcomes of those deaths has discovered.

Of the 79 deaths reported in people who took the jab, and examined by experts at each the state and central ranges, the nationwide AEFI committee authorized eight deaths for causality evaluation.

“Three of the eight causally assessed cases have been found to have consistent causal association to vaccination, four cases have been found to have inconsistent causal association to vaccination (coincidental), and one case was found unclassifiable. None have been found to be due to the Covid-19 vaccine,” the experts mentioned of their evaluation.

Of the eight deaths analysed, two every have been reported from Maharashtra and Karnataka, and one every from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, and Madhya Pradesh. The age group of the deceased was between 36 and 61 years, with three girls and 5 males.

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Three deaths have been put in B1 class by the experts that claims “temporal relationship is consistent but there is insufficient definitive evidence for vaccine causing event”, and 4 in coincidental class that’s described as “underlying or emerging condition(s), or conditions caused by exposure to something other than the vaccine”.

One of the B1 classes was a 61-year-old man from Thane in Maharashtra, who took the vaccine on January 20, and had sudden cardiac demise 11 days after it. He was a identified case of hypertension on treatment. Sudden cardiac demise is prone to be attributable to a cardiovascular occasion, the experts concluded. Covid-19 is thought to set off pro-thrombotic state and cardiovascular occasions. Biological plausibility exists for vaccine triggering these occasions, they mentioned within the evaluation.

Another demise within the B1 class was of a 38-year-old man from district Harda in Madhya Pradesh, who took the jab on January 28. “Young patient without any cardiac risk factors, he had Covid-19 infection two months (8 weeks and 4 days) back. Covid-19 disease is known to trigger pro-thrombotic state and cardiovascular events,” the skilled committee concluded.

The third B1 case was of a 36-year-old lady from Belagavi in Karnataka, who took the shot on January 22. “Covid disease is known to lead to thrombocytopenia as well as pro-inflammatory and pro-thrombotic state. Biological plausibility exists for vaccine causing acute stroke with severe thrombocytopenia,” mentioned the experts.

Among 4 coincidental circumstances was a 52-year-old lady from Aurangabad in Maharashtra who took the jab on January 29. “Patient had documented Myocardial infarction (ECG, clinical assessment, post mortem finding of necrotic patch in inferior wall of heart). She had a preceding risk factor of hypertension,” the experts evaluation her demise concluded.

A 43-year-old male from Ballari in Karnataka, who took the shot on January 16, additionally was put within the coincidental demise class. The experts mentioned, “Patient had documented Myocardial infarction (clinical assessment, ECG, ECHO and post mortem finding), he had risk factors for MI, including long standing diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Post mortem showed left ventricle wall thickening and hemorrhagic patch in heart and evidence of chronic lung infection.”

The third case within the class was a 52-year-old lady from Mancherial district in Telangana, who took the jab on January 19. “Patient presented with symptoms of fever with cough and difficulty in breathing, BP of 210/120mmHg. Was clinically diagnosed to have accelerated HTN with LVF with pneumonia. CT chest confirmed pneumonia. She also had underlying kyphoscoliosis and restrictive lung disease,” the experts concluded.

The fourth case was of a 56-year-old man from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, who was inoculated on January 28. “He was a known case of coronary artery disease with PTCA with LV dysfunction with stenting of RCA (2017) and taking medication for the same,” his evaluation concluded.

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The single unclassifiable case was of a 43-year-old man from Saran in Bihar, who was injected on January 18. “There was little clinical information and no diagnosis was mentioned in the available treatment records. No investigations were performed. Postmortem was not done. Verbal autopsy also did not contribute towards making a diagnosis,” mentioned the experts within the evaluation.

A Special Group has been framed to conduct causality evaluation of AEFIs following Covid-19 vaccination. The outcomes of causality evaluation performed by this particular group have been mentioned within the nationwide AEFI committee meeting for remaining approval.

The remaining evaluation was despatched to the Union ministry of well being and household welfare’s immunisation division that shops all knowledge associated to immunisation within the nation on the central degree.

As a part of its efforts to strengthen the nationwide AEFI surveillance system for Covid-19 vaccinations, and contemplating the significance and important nature of the duty, the immunisation division of the well being ministry has taken a number of steps, together with roping in medical specialists from varied departments to analyse circumstances of hostile occasions following immunisation.

The medical specialists embody cardiologists, neurologists, pulmonary medication specialists, obstetrician- gynecologist as members of the causality evaluation sub-committee on the nationwide degree.

The outcomes of the causality evaluation for eight circumstances have been accomplished on March 9, 2021, after thorough assessment, deliberation and approval by the National AEFI Committee.

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