With 685 fatalities reported among people who have received one of three vaccines currently administered in Taiwan, none of the deaths have been actually linked to the vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control says. However, an opposition party legislator has raised questions about the adequacy of autopsy reports quoted by the CDC.
The Central Epidemic Command Center of the CDC announced 20 new cases of serious adverse events following vaccination, August 30, including two fatalities.
A total of 10,928,720 doses have been administered with a total population coverage of 42.73%, the CECC said.
156 autopsies have been performed on people who died after vaccination, and the causes of death included 95 related to chronic diseases, the CECC said.
“These notified events occurred after vaccination in time sequence, but they are not necessarily caused by vaccination. They still need to be reviewed and judged by the National Adverse Drug Reaction Notification Center,” the CECC emphasized.
However, KMT legislator Wu Yi-ting pointed out yesterday, August 31, that autopsy reports quoted by the CECC were forensic autopsies only, and while listing the cause of death, did not examine whether the cause of death was “vaccine induced.”
Wu said that according to a document she had obtained from the Ministry of Justice “certain tests were not done.” Forensic examinations could only determine the cause of death, but relationship to the vaccine is not part of the jurisdiction of the forensic examiner. Whether the cause of death was related to the vaccine can only be determined by an expert group of the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Wu Yizheng pointed out that the judicial examination did not test for immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) caused by the vaccine, nor anti-platelet factor 4/hepar in ELISA test. Nor is a anti-PF4 antibody test conducted by the Institute of Forensic Medicine.
If family of the deceased want to request compensation from the government, how can they find a way to provide evidence? Most people do not have the relevant knowledge and can only trust the results of judicial verification, Wu said.
In a separate report in United Daily News, it was noted that the number of post-vaccination deaths in Taichung City has reached 101, which is 20 times the number of post-COVID deaths in the city.
According to the Taichung City Health Bureau, there have been 202 cases of COVID-19 in the city and five deaths among confirmed cases.
The report said that applications for drug damage compensation have been filed by family of people who died after vaccination, but nobody has yet received a settlement.
It is hoped that the central government can clarify the causes of death as soon as possible so that the families can have peace of mind, the United Daily News report said.
To avoid confusion among readers of Taiwan English News, it must be pointed out that just as deaths following a positive test for COVID are not necessarily caused by COVID, deaths reported following vaccination are not necessarily caused by the vaccine.
However, unlike deaths listed as “COVID,” any relationship between the vaccine and a fatal adverse event must be subject to rigorous scientific examination.
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