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Covid vaccine is not responsible for heart attacks: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

Covid vaccine is not responsible for heart attacks, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said today citing a study done by the Indian Council of Medical Research ( ICMR).

While speaking at ANI Dialogues 2024-Navigating India's Health Sector, Mandaviya said, "If someone has a stroke today, they think it is because of the Covid vaccine.
ICMR has done a detailed study that the (Covid) vaccine is not responsible for heart attacks."

He added, "There are multiple reasons for heart attacks, like our lifestyle, tobacco and liquor consumption... Sometimes, misinformation goes among the people and a perception is formed for some time... But whatever decision we make, it should be data-based and scientific research-based."

Note that the ICMR study came out in November last year in which it said that vaccines administered for COVID-19 did not increase the risk of sudden death among young adults in India but it was the post-Covid hospitalisation, family history of sudden death, and certain lifestyle behaviours that are likely the underlying causes.

The study by Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) was conducted through the participation of 47 tertiary care hospitals across India. Cases were apparently healthy individuals aged 18-45 years without any known co-morbidity, who suddenly died of unexplained causes during October 2021-March 2023.

"Lifestyle factors such as current smoking status, alcohol use frequency, recent binge drinking, recreational drug/substance use and vigorous-intensity activity were positively associated with unexplained sudden death," the study noted.

The health minister also hailed Indian pharmaceutical companies for delivering quality and affordable medicine to the world, even during the Covid pandemic.

"During COVID-19 I have conveyed the message of PM Modi to companies that it's time to cooperate with the world and it would be better if we won't hike the prices. Indian companies have supplied medicines to 150 countries but haven't hiked the price. None of the countries have ever complained, we have supplied quality and affordable medicine to the world. When the price of the vaccine was at $ 20-30, we supplied it either for free under the Vaccine Maitri initiative or at the minimal cost of $ 2-3. Now the world thinks that India is such a country that gives priority to human service and stands firm as a friend when needed," he said.

Mandaviya also revealed that once Bigg Gate congratulated India for the Covid management. " Bill Gates is in India, and when he speaks it turns into a perception all over the world. At the last World Economic Forum, I had a meeting with him, when we shook hands, he said, Congratulations India, you have done good COVID management and vaccination drive," he added.