Family seeks answers after Taiwanese infectious disease expert’s sudden death in America

The family of a US-resident retired Taiwanese doctor who became unwell after receiving the third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, then died, has opened a Go Fund Me page to raise money for an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.

The death of Wang Wei-sheng, MD, the former Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Mackay Memorial Hospital has deeply shocked Taiwan’s medical community.

“Infectious disease senior Doctor Wang found dead at home in America after complete vaccination: I hope it’s not true!” Dr Su Yifeng, a thoracic surgeon at Yangming Hospital wrote on Facebook. Many other medical professionals left messages expressing sorrow and condolences in response to Dr Su’s post.

According to news reports, and the Wang family’s Go Fund Me page, Doctor Wang felt unwell after receiving the third shot of the Pfizer BioNTech on September 2.

“My dad received his BNT vaccine in the beginning of September and he felt very dizzy for a few days. He even [fell down] the stairs because of his dizziness,” Ashley Wang wrote on the Go Fund Me page “Autopsy For My Dad’s Sudden Death & Memorial Fund.”

Doctor Wang Wei-sheng.
Doctor Wang Wei-sheng MD.

Doctor Wang, known as “a hero in the war against SARS,” was found dead on his living room sofa September 16, according to EBC News. As Dr Wang had no medical history of chronic disease, his family suspected that his death was related to the vaccine. However, as the family had only recently emigrated to the United States, Dr Wang had no health insurance, and the forensic doctor refused to carry out an autopsy.

Dr Wang’s family are seeking to raise funds to cover the cost of an autopsy and funeral expenses.

On September 17, a US FDA vaccine advisory panel rejected 16-2 a plan for the widespread use of “booster shots” championed by the Biden administration, citing a lack of data on safety as well as lack of evidence concerning their value.

The Biden administration plan had been originally proposed by pharmaceutical giant and manufacturer of the BioNTech vaccine, Pfizer.

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