Top US health agencies have called an emergency meeting to discuss the rare cases of developing heart inflammation after getting a jab.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a public health agency in the United States, has convened an emergency meeting to discuss rare cases of people experiencing heart inflammation after receiving the Modanacovid-19 vaccine with Pfizer.
According to CDC data, 275 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis have been reported in patients between the ages of 16 and 24 in the United States.
Cases of heart inflammation are only a small proportion of 130 million people who have been completely vaccinated with either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in the United States, and a causal relationship has not yet been established.
The patient was predominantly male and became inflamed after two doses of mRNA-based vaccine.
Most of them experienced mild symptoms and at least 81 percent recovered completely.
The CDC first admitted that it was investigating the issue last month.
An emergency meeting of the authorities’ advisory board on the implementation of vaccination will be held on June 18. Its draft agenda includes: “Latest information on the safety of Covid-19 vaccines including myocarditis after mRNA vaccination” and “Benefit risk discussion” on mRNA vaccines in adolescents and young adults.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former member of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and current Pfizer board member, addressed the issue at CNBC today.
“See, that’s definitely a signal, and it needs to be investigated by the FDA and the CDC,” Dr. Gottlieb said of the CDC data.
“At this point, 16 to 24 cases appear to be clustered. About 8.8 percent of all vaccinated people are between their ages and of pericarditis and myocarditis received by the FDA. About 53 percent of the reports were in that age group, so it appears that there is a cluster of cases in that age group.
“Most cases are mild, self-limited and treated. There are a few people who have become more seriously ill and have been hospitalized in this condition, but that needs to be considered.
“The question is, what is the relationship between the vaccine and these observations? Does the vaccine cause some kind of inflammatory condition, which causes this inflammation? If so, what is the approach?
“At this point, certainly in this age group, the risk benefits are still in favor of vaccination, which the CDC and FDA have also confirmed. But in fact with these cases of vaccines and heart inflammation in younger patients. If you find a link between them, you may be wondering whether to prescribe a vaccine at a low dose that is already done for younger patients.
“So you want to reach the bottom of this, so you can try to come up with an approach that mitigates this potential risk.”
He said cases of heart inflammation could have been caused by something unrelated to the vaccine, such as Coxsackievirus.
“It’s possible-and I don’t say this is the case-coxsackievirus, enterovirus, echovirus, or other virus that causes pericarditis almost as soon as we vaccinate young Americans. The epidemic may have spread, “he said.
“Younger Americans were vaccinated, they were out and had a more common virus that causes pericarditis, and we happened to be predominant.
“That’s one possibility. I’m not saying that. At this point, I think we need to assume that there is a causal link between the vaccine and these observations. Prove that it isn’t. Until it is done. “
Dr. Gottlieb emphasized that symptoms are extremely rare, whatever the cause.
“These are still small numbers,” he said.
“If you look at the number of people with severe pericarditis, it’s a very small number so far. Most of these are very mild cases.”
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