Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) today announced that 13 notifications of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) had been reported as of July 21, translating to 4.2 cases per million doses.
Speaking at a daily press briefing, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang pointed out that the rate of TTS reported in Taiwan so far is lower than that in Europe and America where incidents of TTS following vaccination are around 10 to 20 cases per million doses.
The 13 domestic cases of post-vaccination TTS all occurred in patients that had received the AstraZeneca shot. The affected patients were aged from 22 to 80 years old and onset had occurred from 4 days to 27 days after vaccination, Chuang said.
A total of 132 new post vaccination adverse events had been reported to the national vaccine safety monitoring system on July 28, of which 78 were non-serious, Chuang said.
The CECC figures provided today show that of 54 serious adverse events reported July 28, 36 people had received the AstraZeneca shot, and 18 the Moderna vaccination.
The CECC said that adverse events reported by patients who had received AstraZeneca included suspected brain stroke, myocardial infarction, mesenteric artery embolism, left renal artery infarction, splenic infarction and left renal vein infarction, low platelet count, acquired aplastic anemia, Guillain-Barre syndrome, paroxysmal upper ventricular tachycardia, pneumonia, Herpes, allergic reactions, redness and swelling at the injection site, common general malaise after vaccination, headache, left hand numbness, vomiting, cervical lymphadenopathy, palpitations and chest tightness, and dyspnea.
Adverse events for those who received the Moderna shot included pericardial effusion , Myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism combined with deep venous thrombosis of the right lower limb, ischemic intestinal necrosis, low platelets, facial nerve palsy, herpes zoster, pneumonia, heart palpitations, breathlessness, upper limb swelling and soreness.
Five adverse events reported were fatalities occurring between 2 to 26 days after vaccination in men between 48 and 91 years old.
Taiwan’s CDC states that “reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem.“
No such disclaimer is added to the CDC’s list of COVID-19 fatalities, although the CECC has admitted that all deaths of COVID patients are added to the list of COVID fatalities regardless of the actual cause of death.
The CDC Director’s office confirmed with Taiwan English News by email July 27 that “With regard to the number of COVID-19 deaths released on the Taiwan CDC website, we present counts of deaths from all causes of death, including COVID-19.”
As for Taiwan English News inquiry about at least four suicides being listed as COVID-19 deaths, the CDC responded “as far as we know, less than four cases of suicide were included in the number of COVID-19 deaths.”
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