A 22-year-old man in France died on July 26, 2021 nine hours after receiving the first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s experimental COVID-19 biologic (also known as BNT162b2 or “Comirnaty” vaccine). Maxime Beltra was vaccinated at about 2 pm in the southern French city of Sète and then went to a local restaurant with friends. At 10 pm that evening, Beltra’s sister reportedly called their father to let him know that his son was suffering a “violent” allergic reaction. An ambulance arrived at Beltra’s home and paramedics tried to save the young man but were unsuccessful.1 2 3 4 5
It is unclear if the fatal anaphylactic reaction was caused by the COVID shot or was caused by something that Beltra ate. One source with the Montpellier public prosecutor’s office told Agence France-Presse, “It is already established that the young man ate, shortly before his death, a food for which he had a known allergy.” Beltra was reportedly allergic to peanuts.1 4 5
Doctors reportedly told the newspaper Le Figaro newspaper that it was “highly unlikely” the shot caused Belta’s death.4 They said:
We must remain cautious, especially since we do not know the medical file. But if anaphylactic shock is to occur, it manifests itself within an hour of vaccination, or even within 15 to 30 minutes after.2
In a video recording, Beltra’s father, Frédéric, said he believes the Pfizer/BioNTech shot caused his son’s death. He said his son “had to get vaccinated so he could go on vacation to Greece with is friend. He characterized it as “criminal to put on the market vaccines which have not been certified, which have not been verified, which kill 22-year-old young people in great shape…”1 4 5 adding:
Frédéric Beltra subsequently stated:
I am not anti-vaccine‚ I do not subscribe to this debate. My approach is republican. I believe in the police and the justice system. I just want to know what happened. Maybe my son’s death may be of use to other families. If we can prevent this from happening to another child.4 5
“The death of young Maxime Beltra a few hours after being vaccinated is a tragedy,” said French politician Gilbert Collard. “Why so much recklessness? Shouldn’t we stop the vaccinations until we know for sure the cause of death?”1
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1 LCI editorial staff. INQUIRY – Maxime Beltra, a young man aged 22, died Monday, July 26, a few hours after a first injection of Pfizer’s anti-Covid vaccine. An investigation was opened “in search of the causes of death”. News.in-24 July 29, 2021.
2 Braiseentrance.com. Death of Maxime Beltra in Sète: “It is certainly not an allergy to the vaccine”. July 29, 2021.
3 Digichat. Maxime Beltra dies after vaccination: What the current investigation says. July 28, 2021.
4 The COVID Blog. Maxime Beltra: 22-year-old French man dead nine hours after first experimental Pfizer mRNA injection. Aug. 3, 2021.
5 The News 24. Young French man dies after BioNTech vaccination – controversy about the cause of death. July 30, 2021.