SA deaths not linked to Covid-19 vaccines – Sahpra

SA deaths not linked to Covid-19 vaccines - Sahpra

There is no evidence of a causal link between COVID-19 vaccines and the 51 deaths reported among people who had recently received the shots, South Africa’s medicines regulator said.

On Wednesday, Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela, Chief Executive Officer, SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra), told members of parliament that as of August 13, 51 deaths after Covid-19 vaccination had been reported to the National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee (NISEC), a non-statutory body appointed by the health minister.

He said 30 of the 32 investigations that had been completed were deemed to be coincidental, and there was insufficient information provided on the other two.

The CEO further stated that, among the completed investigations, 29 were probes into deaths following receipt of the Pfizer vaccine, and three came after the Johnson & Johnson jab.

South Africa’s government is providing the single-shot J&J vaccine, and the double-dose Pfizer vaccine in its national immunisation programme, which began with a study for healthcare workers in February.

The government has so far administered more Pfizer shots due to delay in the supply of J&J vaccines. As of August 31, 2.8million J&J shots and 9.7million Pfizer jabs had been administered.

Also 107 reports of serious adverse events after Covid-19 vaccines, are being investigated by the NISEC including heart problems, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and vascular problems, said Semete-Makokotlela.

 

 

Source: Businesslive

Author: Greg