Fact Check-False claim about Pfizer CEO’s wife dying after complications from COVID-19 vaccine

Social media users are sharing an article which falsely claims that Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla’s wife, Myriam Bourla, died of complications after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Examples can be seen here and here .

The article (archived ) was published on Nov. 10, 2021 on the Conservative Beaver.

“Myriam Bourla – the wife of Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla – has died from complications from the COVID-19 vaccine early Wednesday, according to her doctor. She passed away in the emergency room at New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital (here) after being brought in by paramedics. The cause of death has been listed as complications from the Pfizer vaccine,” the article begins.

Reuters found no evidence that Myriam Bourla died from COVID-19 vaccine complications. A Google search (here) brought up no credible results.

The Conservative Beaver describes itself as a Canadian conservative news site (here). Reuters previously debunked stories by this website that made similar unsubstantiated claims about Barack Obama, Pope Francis and George Soros (here , here , here ). Fact checkers at the AFP and USATODAY have also tackled other fake arrest reports by the website (here , here).

Albert Bourla posted a photograph of his wife attending an event on Twitter (here) a day after the article was published. The pair attended the Atlantic Council Distinguished Leadership Awards, which took place on Nov. 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm ET. ( here , here and here ).

Keanna Ghazvini, a representative for Pfizer, told Reuters via email: “Our CEO’s wife is alive and well contrary to what was said on the Internet earlier today.”


False. Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla’s wife Myriam Bourla did not die from complications after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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