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Did the CDC report 1,739 deaths from the COVID-19 vaccine?

Thursday, April 8, 2021
By Dana Ford
NO

There's no public evidence the vaccine caused deaths as claimed in an article published on social media.

The claim cites the government's rough list of unverified reports: Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Anyone can report events to VAERS, and the reports—on their own—cannot be used to say whether a vaccine caused a particular adverse event.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention follows up on any VAERS report of death to determine whether it was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine or was coincidental.

According to the CDC, "A review of available clinical information including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records revealed no evidence that vaccination contributed to patient deaths."

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Sources
US Department of Health and Human Services Guide to Interpreting VAERS Data
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