Fact Check: Are tens of thousands of deaths in the European Union due to Covid-19 vaccines?

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Quick Take

A viral video on social media shows Mislav Kolakušić, a member of the European Parliament (MEP) addressing French President Emmanuel Macron in the parliamentary session dated January 21, 2022, and claiming that vaccination should remain a choice for European Union (EU) citizens as many Europeans have died due to COVID-19 vaccines. We fact-checked and found the claim to be False

The Claim

While addressing French President Emmanuel Macron, Mislav Kolakušić, a member of the European Parliament (MEP) claims, “Today you said that you are proud there is no death penalty in Europe. Tens of thousands of citizens have died due to vaccine side effects. Mandatory vaccinations represent death penalty and its execution for many citizens. That has to remain a choice for every citizen. Murder is murder. Those of you who don’t know that and haven’t educated yourselves, take a look at the European health organisation (EMA).”

A number of social media users shared the video supporting Mislav’s view. The video is available here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Fact Check

Are tens of thousands of deaths in the European Union due to Covid-19 vaccines?

No. There is no evidence of tens of thousands of deaths in the EU due to Covid-19 vaccines. It seems that the information in the public database of suspected adverse reaction reports has been misinterpreted and skewed to spread misinformation. The Adverse Drug Reaction Reports are collated by the EudraVigilance that monitor and analyse the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine in the EU.

The EudraVigilance website states, “Information on suspected side effects should not be interpreted as meaning that the medicine or the active substance causes the observed effect or is unsafe to use. Only a detailed evaluation and scientific assessment of all available data allow for robust conclusions to be drawn on the benefits and risks of a medicine.”

Moreover, the EudraVigilancewebsite also confirms that only side effects cannot establish a causal link between the vaccine and the virus.

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