DISINFO: 41 dead in Austria after getting Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine
  • Outlet: strana.ua (archived)*
  • Date of publication: March 03, 2021
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • Countries / regions discussed: Austria, Russia, Ukraine
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DISINFO: 41 dead in Austria after getting Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine


41 people have died in Austria after being vaccinated with Pfizer/BioNtech. People have also died in Norway and Germany after being administered this vaccine, of which Ukraine ordered 10 million doses.


This is a recurrent disinformation case in pro-Kremlin media outlets about the alleged negative effects of the Pfizer/BioNTech (and other Western produced) vaccines on human health. It forms part of a larger narrative to promote the Russian Sputnik V vaccine globally.

The Austria’s Federal Office for Safety in Health Care did report on 1 March 2021 about the death of 41 people after getting vaccinated with BioNTech/Pfizer. The fact that these people died after being vaccinated with Pfizer/BioNtech does not automatically mean that their deaths were caused by the vaccine.

Read more about Russia’s attempts to attack Pfizer/BioNTech.


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