Doctors Search for Missing Link Between COVID and ITP

"ITP's link to COVID gained a media spotlight earlier this month after the Miami obstetrician, Gregory Michael, MD, developed ITP days after getting the Pfizer COVID vaccine. In early January, after 2 weeks in the ICU, Michael died of a hemorrhagic stroke caused by the low platelet count.

Pfizer said in a statement that they are "actively investigating" the case, "but we don't believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine." Other experts have said the timing, particularly in a relatively young and healthy man, means a link to the vaccine is possible or even likely, but final results won't be known until the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finishes its investigation."

- By Donavyn Coffey,

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