Claim circulates that COVID-19 vaccines have killed, injured 1,600 athletes

Articles and social media posts are claiming that hundreds of athletes have collapsed or died after receiving COVID-19 vaccines. The number varies from post to post, but a common claim seems to be that around 1,600 athletes have been impacted. The claim is based on an article that uses unverified “data” on athlete deaths and compares these unsourced numbers to a 2006 peer-reviewed study of sudden deaths in athletes under the age of 35.

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