Did Danish footballer Christian Eriksen collapse on the field because of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine he received?
Find out what’s going viral, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Christian Eriksen Collapsed Because Of Pfizer Vaccine!
After Danish footballer Christian Eriksen collapsed during a Euro 2020 match, antivaxxers started claiming that it happened after he received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Tweets from Luboš Motl, a Czech theoretical physicist, and GeraYaYo2 – a Canadian citizen, went viral recently.
They have since deleted two of their tweets, but the Internet never forgets…
Luboš Motl : Christian Eriksen, the Danish player who suddenly collapsed on the pitch, plays for Inter Milan. The chief medic and cardiologist of that Italian team confirmed on an Italian radio station that Eriksen has received the Pfizer vaccine on May 31st.
GeraYaYo2 : Inter Milan Chief Medic and Cardiologist confirmed that he received the Pfizer vaccine 12 days ago. he spoke an hour ago on Radio Sportiva from Italy.
GeraYaYo2 : Christian Eriksen, a perfectly fit soccer player who plays for one of the top soccer teams in the world and has the best medical attention, collapsed on the field today due to heart failure. Thanks [sic] God they were able to bring him back to life.
He was given Pfizer a few days ago
No, Christian Eriksen Did Not Collapse Because Of Pfizer Vaccine!
Like the vast majority of negative news about COVID-19 vaccines, this is yet more FAKE NEWS created by antivaxxers.
They did not even hesitate to LIE about someone’s medical emergency to push their agenda. Absolutely disgraceful and shameless!
Fact #1 : Christian Eriksen Was Not Vaccinated Against COVID-19
The truth is Christian Eriksen was not vaccinated against COVID-19.
Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed this on 13 June 2021, stating, “He did not have Covid and was not vaccinated either.”
Luboš Motl refused to accept that, claiming “my source could have been untrue, I am just unsure enough” and “It is not settled for me at this moment.”
Is Luboš a cardiologist? Does he have evidence to the contrary? No. So ignore his ignorant blather.
Fact #2 : Radio Sportiva Denied The Claim
Radio Sportiva denied that the claim, stating,
“The information reported in the tweet mentioned is false. We have never reported any opinion from the Inter medical staff regarding Christian Eriksen’s condition. Please remove the content from the tweet author, otherwise we will be forced to take action.“
Le informazioni riportate nel tweet citato sono false. Non abbiamo mai riportato alcun parere dello staff medico dell’Inter riguardo le condizioni di Christian Eriksen. Si prega l’autore del tweet di rimuovere il contenuto, altrimenti saremo costretti a prendere provvedimenti. RS https://t.co/annEH7akQb
— Radio Sportiva (@RadioSportiva) June 13, 2021
Fact #3 : Most Euro 2020 Players Not Vaccinated
There was no requirement for soccer players to vaccinate against COVID-19 before playing in Euro 2020.
That’s because they are all healthy young adults, most of whom do not yet qualify for COVID-19 vaccinations (which are being prioritised for older people with co-morbidities).
The Spanish squad, for instance, received emergency COVID-19 vaccination on 11 June 2021 – the first day of Euro 2020, and just 3 days before their first game.
Why? Because their team captain Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for COVID-19!
Ironically, even GeraYaYo2 acknowledged that on 15 June 2021, stating that 870 Euro 2020 soccer players were not vaccinated.
Fact #4 : Christian Eriksen Had Cardiac Arrest, Not Cardiac Failure
GeraYaYo2 claimed that Christian Eriksen collapsed due to cardiac failure. That is FALSE.
Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest, and we know this to be true because he was successfully resuscitated by CPR and a defibrillator.
Cardiac failure happens gradually and over a long period of time. It doesn’t result in a sudden collapse like that. Rather, your heart has trouble pumping blood to the rest of your body, so you feel weak and breathless.
Cardiac arrest happens suddenly – your heart stops pumping and you collapse immediately – unconscious and (usually) not breathing, which was exactly what happened to Christian Eriksen.
A person with heart failure will not look healthy, whereas cardiac arrest can happen even to people who are young and ultra-fit like soccer players.
Heart failure can be treated with medication, but a cardiac arrest is a medical emergency – you will die if you are not immediately resuscitated.
Fact #5 : Christian Eriksen To Be Fitted With A Heart Starter
On 17 June 2021, Denmark’s team doctor, Morten Boesen, said that Christian Eriksen will be fitted with an ICD due to heart “rhythm disturbances”.
“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.”
Known colloquially as a heart starter, the ICD (Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator) is designed to automatically correct most life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms).
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