New Zealand Authorities Link Young Man’s Death to Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine

New Zealand Authorities Link Young Man’s Death to Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine

Over 74% of New Zealand’s population is vaccinated for COVID, according to Our World in Data. The country from the Pacific has a population of roughly 5 million people.

Reuters reveals the case of a 26-year-old person who died after suffering from myocarditis and less than two weeks after he has been given the first dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine. According to the famous publication, the man’s death was linked to the vaccination by the authorities of New Zealand.

Myocarditis is considered a rare side effect

Myocarditis refers to the inflammation that causes the heart to pump slower and leads to fast or irregular heart rhythms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cases of myocarditis that are reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) happen more often after the administration of the second dose, usually within a week of vaccination, and after Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine is given especially for young adults and male teenagers.

Credit:, fernando zhiminaicela
Credit:, fernando zhiminaicela

A COVID-19 Vaccine Independent Safety Monitoring Board declared, as quoted by Reuters:

With the current available information, the board has considered that the myocarditis was probably due to vaccination in this individual.

The young man who passed away didn’t seek treatment for his symptoms.

Despite the side effects, the vaccine safety board stated that the vaccine’s benefits still outweigh the risks, as Reuters reveals.

Luckily, the same CDC informs us that most patients with myocarditis or pericarditis who underwent care responded well to the treatment. The usual myocarditis symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain, and fast-beating/fluttering/pounding heart.

Unfortunately, it’s not the first time when a case of a person from New Zealand has been linked to a side effect of a COVID vaccine. Back in August, a woman from the country who died represented a similar case.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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