The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is evaluating the reported death of a Miami doctor weeks after he received a coronavirus vaccine.
The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s office told CNN earlier Wednesday it was investigating the death of Dr. Gregory Michael, who worked at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Michael was vaccinated in mid-December.
A CDC spokeswoman said in an email that it is aware of the reports of a Florida individual who died about two weeks after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Pfizer said in a separate statement it did not believe the vaccine caused the death.
“Our thoughts are with the family during this heartbreaking time,” a CDC spokeswoman told CNN by email.
“To date, more than 5 million people have received Covid-19 vaccines in the United States. CDC, FDA, and other federal agencies review Covid-19 vaccine safety monitoring data regularly and present this information to a work group of vaccine safety experts. These experts provide an independent review, as well as recommendations and guidance,” she added.
“It’s been a difficult year as each of us grapple with a worldwide pandemic. Use of COVID-19 vaccines is the next step in our efforts to protect Americans and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the CDC spokeswoman said.