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Mistake caused recent false 'spike' in death reports tied to COVID vaccine, CDC says

CDC spokespeople have not said what caused the error to occur.

Updated: July 21, 2021 - 8:26pm

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A recent spike in post-COVID-19 vaccination death reports is not accurate, and was caused by mistake, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC said Friday that a passive reporting system it runs with the Food and Drug Administration had received 12,313 death reports among people who took the vaccine, a sharp increase from previous reports that counted the number at 6,079, according to The Epoch Times.

"It is double what it was yesterday, and so it definitely is incorrect," a CDC spokeswoman told the Times. “We checked our stats internally, and it’s only 6,000. So someone doing an update misrepresented that or made a mistake, in other words."

The spokeswoman said the group caught the mistake Wednesday morning, and added that the error is "being worked out." She did not say when the error would be fixed or what caused the sudden false reports.