On June 14, Facebook account სამყარო სამყარო (World World) published a post, claiming that Danish footballer Christian Eriksen received AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that resulted in his collapse on the pitch. Roberto Nuzzo, Italian lawyer and member of the Association Fighting against COVID Fascism, is referred to as the source of information.
The report as if the footballer’s collapse was a potential adverse reaction to AstraZeneca vaccine is false. Eriksen collapsed on the pitch, but it is unknown yet what has caused it. Inter Milan’s director said that Eriksen has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Danish footballer Christian Eriksen who collapsed during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 clash against Finland feels well and his health condition is not related to vaccination. Team doctor Morten Boesen said Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest when he collapsed during the match and he was got back after defibrillation. According to the article shared by “სამყარო სამყარო” along with the post, it is not exactly known whether the footballer was vaccinated at all.
According to Reuters, Inter Milan’s director Giuseppe Marotta said that Christian Eriksen has not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Fake news was spread as if Inter Milan’s cardiologist told Radio Sportiva that Eriksen received Pfizer vaccine 12 days before the incident. Radio Sportiva denied the reports and wrote on Twitter that it has never reported any opinion from the Inter medical staff regarding Eriksen’s condition. It is unknown so far what has caused the Danish footballer’s collapse.
Eriksen’s collapse prompted false speculations about vaccine’s side effects in other countries as well. For example, Euronews wrote that just hours after Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest, Mai Manniche, a prominent Danish fashion designer, shared a post on her Facebook wondering whether the footballer’s collapse was a side effect to the vaccine. According to Euronews, the post triggered strong outcry.
It is noteworthy that Facebook account “სამყარო სამყარო” frequently spreads anti-vaccination posts with false reports about Eriksen being among them. Myth Detector has verified false reports spread by this Facebook account in the past.
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