CDC and Pfizer investigating death of Miami obstetrician who died two weeks after getting vaccine – after developing ‘unusual blood condition’
Dr Gregory Michael died on January 3
Dr Gregory Michael, 56, an obstetrician with a private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, died last Sunday – 16 days after getting Pfizer’s vaccine.
In a Facebook post confirming his death, his wife Heidi Neckelmann said Michael died of a brain hemorrhage after developing a rare blood condition.
Pfizer said said it was a ‘highly unusual’ and severe case of a condition that can prevent blood from clotting and cause internal bleeding.
The company in a statement said it was ‘actively investigating’ the death, but does not believe there is ‘any direct connection to the vaccine’ at the moment.
‘There have been no related safety signals identified in our clinical trials, the post-marketing experience thus far,’ or with the technology used to make the vaccine, the company said. ‘Our immediate thoughts are with the bereaved family.
The CDC said in a statement that it planned to evaluate the case ‘and provide timely updates on what is known and any necessary actions.’
The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration track potential side effects through a national electronic database, with reports typically coming from health care professionals and vaccine manufacturers.
It is usually not possible to determine whether a problem was actually triggered by a vaccine simply from information submitted to the database, the FDA notes on its website.
Side effects reported to regulators can be related to existing medical conditions, prescription medications or other health factors.