Dutch pull Pfizer vaccine batch after infants die

Dutch authorities say they have banned use of a batch of Pfizer’s Prevenar, or Prevnar, after three infants died within two weeks of receiving the anti-infection vaccination.

“On average about 5 to 10 deaths are reported annually after babies get vaccines,” said a spokeswoman for the Dutch health institute RIVM.

“We now have three cases in a short period, that is unusual and the reason for suspending the batch.”

She said RIVM was investigating the cause of the infants’ deaths. Other batches of Prevenar, known as Prevnar in the United States, will continue to be used.

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