Fact Check : Singer Joyce Leelyn Died From Pfizer Vaccine?

Did Malaysian singer Joyce Leelyn die from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

Find out what is going viral on WhatsApp, and what the FACTS really are!


Claim : Singer Joyce Leelyn Died From Pfizer Vaccine!

A Filipino website is trying to go viral by sharing this message on WhatsApp :

She celebrated her 46th birthday on 17/07/2021. Her first Pfizer jab was on 27/07/2021. She wasn’t feeling well after her jab on the following night.

Admitted on 02/08/2021. PCR came back negative. Passed away on 03/08/2021.

Read the full story here. 👇🏻


Truth : Singer Joyce Leelyn Died From COVID-19

The viral message is FAKE NEWS, and is designed to drive traffic to the Filipino website. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Article Was Copied From Hype.my

The article about Joyce Leelyn appears to be copied from Hype.my, word for word.

It looks like ViralArticlesPH is nothing more than a copy-and-paste website like The Coverage.

Fact #2 : Joyce Leelyn Died From COVID-19

Joyce Leelyn died from COVID-19.

The viral message intentionally highlighted the part that her PCR test came back negative to convey the perception that she died from the Pfizer vaccine. That’s completely FALSE.

It’s even stated in their plagiarised article :

Initially, Leelyn was tested negative for Covid-19 but the doctor noticed that her lungs had already been affected. Her condition suddenly became critical the following day.

Unfortunately, when the family received the call again yesterday, their worst fear came to pass. Leelyn had sadly lost her battle and was tested positive for Covid-19.

Fact #3 : Pfizer Vaccine Does Not Cause Breathing Difficulties

Both the Filipino website and Hype.my chose to highlight that Joyce Leelyn passed away after having breathing difficulties.

Both of them knew that she died from COVID-19, so it seems that they intentionally highlighted breathing difficulties for “dramatic effect”.

To avoid confusion, the Pfizer vaccine does not cause breathing difficulties.

In fact, Joyce Leelyn only started experiencing breathing difficulties on 2 August 2021 – one week after her vaccination.

So the Pfizer vaccine has nothing to do with her breathing difficulties.

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Take Time To Impart Protection

COVID-19 vaccines are basically self-defence classes for your immune system, teaching it how to identify and create antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Just like how we need time to learn martial arts for self-defence in real life, our immune system needs time to learn from the COVID-19 vaccines.

It usually takes the immune system about two weeks after each dose to deliver maximum protection against COVID-19.

It appears that Joyce Leelyn was infected just days after her vaccination. Therefore, she had little to no protection from the vaccine.

It was also her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and if it was the Delta variant as suggested, it would require two doses to offer robust protection :

1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 93%
Delta (India) 33% 88%

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!


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