Fact Check-Pages of suspected side effects released about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine ‘may not have any causal relationship’ to the jab, company says | Reuters

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Nine pages of adverse event reports from Pfizer-BioNTech in relation to its COVID-19 vaccine are not confirmed adverse events to the shot. They “may not have any causal relationship” to each other, the pharmaceutical company has told Reuters. The statement comes in response to claims online that the list is definitive.
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Some people on social media have since concluded that every entry is definitively caused by Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

One post, which includes screenshots of all nine pages (here) and has been shared hundreds of times, reads: “Amongst these newly released pages are 9 PAGES OF ADVERSE SIDE-EFFECTS! The list includes auto-immune conditions, multitudinous heart issues, hemorrhaging, kidney disease, many syndromes relayed to other viruses, and even anti-sperm antibodies! Safe and effective, right…?”
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However, the list was compiled using voluntary reports through various national reporting systems, such as the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the UK’s Yellow Card reporting scheme and the EU’s EudraVigilance database.

Reuters has produced numerous fact checks on these systems (VAERS: here and here; Yellow Card: here and here); EudraVigilance here and here) – all of which explain that reports of potential side-effects are not definitively linked to vaccines.

A Pfizer spokesperson told Reuters that reported side effects “may not have any causal relationship to the vaccine”, adding that all reports are taken “very seriously”.

“Rather, the event may be due to an underlying disease or some other factor such as past medical history or concomitant medication or the AEs (adverse events) may be coincidental,” they said.
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VERDICT

Missing context. The nine pages of “adverse events of special interest” are not confirmed side effects from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-coronavirus-pfizer-idUSL2N2VK1G1

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