The claim: Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen, who collapsed in the middle of the game, recently received the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer
The recent breakdown of a Danish football player is misinterpreted on social media as a response to the coronavirus vaccine.
On June 12th, during the UEFA European Football Championship, Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed in the field. Eriksen is a midfielder for Inter Milan and the Danish national team.
USA TODAY reports that Eriksen suddenly stumbled and fell forward after 43 minutes of the Denmark-Finland game while preparing for a throw-in on the sideline. The Danish team doctor told reporters Eriksen has suffered a cardiac arrest, but he is doing “well under the circumstances”.
In the flurry of social media posts that followed, a tweet from a Czech blogger went viral stating that Eriksen had recently received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Soon after, users on Twitter, Facebook, and Telegram began sharing the post as well speculate The COVID-19 vaccine brought Eriksen’s heart to a standstill.
However, there is no connection between Eriksen’s breakdown and the COVID-19 vaccine. He wasn’t vaccinated.
USA TODAY reached out to several users who posted screenshots of the tweet for comment.
Eriksen wasn’t vaccinated
The rumor spread after Luboš Motl quoted a post saying that Inter Milan’s chief doctor told Radio Sportiva, an Italian broadcaster, that Eriksen had recently been vaccinated with Pfizer’s COVID-19 syringe.
“The chief physician and cardiologist of (Inter Milan) confirmed on an Italian radio station that Eriksen received the Pfizer vaccine on May 31,” Motl said in the tweet.
However, Radio Sportiva denied this claim, causes Motl to Delete the original tweet. But several Facebook user, as well as anti-vaccine groups on Telegram, spread further the claim using a screenshot of the tweet.
On June 12, Inter Milan team boss Giuseppe Marotta put the rumors aside when he told it Rai Sport, an Italian sports television broadcaster, said Eriksen “did not have COVID and was not vaccinated”.
VAERS possibly at the root of speculation
Speculation about Eriksen’s breakdown could be based on misunderstandings about the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System (VAERS), a government-run database that anti-vaccine advocates regularly use to prevent vaccinations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration operate VAERS as an “early warning system” to identify vaccine-related safety issues. Anyone can submit reports to VAERS, not all of which are subject to review.
in the another tweet, Motl speculated again that the vaccine caused Eriksen’s breakdown. His proof: reports from VAERS.
“Thousands have died from the Covid vaccines, CDC reports. And yes, I think Eriksen, the Danish football star who collapsed on the pitch, was also likely a victim of myocarditis from a Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccine. ” “Wrote Motl.
As USA TODAY reported, Reports of adverse events after COVID-19 vaccination don’t necessarily mean that the vaccines are to blame. The CDC is, however investigating Reports of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, in teenagers and young adults vaccinated by Pfizer and Moderna.
Our rating: wrong
The claim that Danish soccer player Christian Eriksen collapsed after taking a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is FALSE, according to our research. The director of Eriksen’s club team Inter Milan said Eriksen has never received a coronavirus vaccine.
Our fact check sources:
- USA TODAY June 12th Denmark’s Christian Eriksen awake, stable after collapsing on the field at Euro 2020
- USA TODAY June 15th Denmark’s Christian Eriksen to fans after collapse: “Given the circumstances, I’m fine”
- USA TODAY April 8th Fact check: CDC data on vaccine adverse events cannot determine the cause
- Vice, June 14th Anti-Vaxxers take advantage of Christian Eriksen’s terrible breakdown
- Lubos Motl, June 12th tweet
- Lubos Motl, June 12th tweet
- Radio Sportiva, June 12th tweet
- Reuters, June 13 Inter director says Eriksen has no COVID and is not vaccinated
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 27th Myocarditis and pericarditis after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 14th Selected adverse events reported after COVID-19 vaccination
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