Indian-origin student's death linked to Covid vaccination? Singapore govt responds

15 Oct 2023
Daily News

Pranav Madhaik, a student at Singapore Sports School, died on Wednesday after he felt unwell during a 400m fitness time trial on October 5.
The Singapore government has rejected “speculation” that the death of a 14-year-old Indian-origin student Pranav Madhaik at a premier sports school earlier this week is linked to Covid-19 vaccination.
Pranav, a secondary 2 student at Singapore Sports School, died on Wednesday after he felt unwell during a 400-metre fitness time trial on October 5.
It is "untrue and irresponsible", reported TODAY, citing the ministry of health (MOH) statement on Saturday.
On Saturday afternoon, the school claimed that the cause of Pranav's death was cardiac arrest with an antecedent cause of congenital malformation of coronary vessels.
"Based on the Ministry of Health's vaccination records, the student had received his last dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine more than 18 months ago," said the ministry.
"For an unvaccinated person, the risk of COVID-19 infection leading to severe illness, far outweighs that of vaccination," it added.
In a press statement issued on Saturday, the Singapore Sports School said Pranav told the badminton coach that he was feeling unwell after completing a 400-metre fitness time trial at about 6.26pm on October 5.
The coach told him to rest and the boy did so at the side of the starting point of the track while the coach attended to the time-trial data on his phone.
Not realising that Pranav was still resting at the same place, the coach then allegedly left the track to brief other students on competition matters. He then left the school premises after the briefing.
The boy interacted with two other groups of students before a track and field coach noticed him. After he was given water, the coach assessed that Pranav had difficulty getting up, even with help.