The “light at the end of the tunnel” is there – the coronavirus vaccine, and with it, the possible end of the pandemic. Although it will be months before we have herd immunity, the first vaccines will likely be given this week. But is it sure? Public health experts from the FDA to the CDC to Dr.
Anthony Fauci’s advisory boards have said yes, that’s for sure. However, FDA chief Stephen Hahn noted yesterday on This Week that it may not be 100% safe for those with a history of severe allergic reactions; in fact, they “shouldn’t get” the vaccine, just to be on the safe side. Read on to hear his warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these sure signs that you have already had coronavirus.
FDA chief says those who have had an allergic reaction to vaccine ingredients should not take them
British health authorities on Wednesday warned that anyone with “a significant history of allergic reactions” should not receive the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.
The guidelines were released by the National Health Service England after two health workers “reacted negatively” to their initial dose of the vaccine on Tuesday. According to the group, both staff members had a history of allergic reactions, both carrying epinephrine auto-injectors. Each of them exhibited symptoms of an anaphylactoid reaction.
Dr Hahn said the results meant the process was working – and he hasn’t seen any cases like this in the trials. “That’s why we’re doing a line-by-line assessment of the data, and I don’t know if you’ve been to a public advisory committee discussion on this.
But we did not see, in the clinical trial, any significant allergic reactions among the However, this was seen in the deployment and distribution in the UK, ”he told the host Martha Raddatz. “So what we said, first of all, we take this very seriously, that safety is very important. We put in our label only those who have evidence of severe allergy to any of the components of this Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should not receive it. “
The official FDA recommendation on who should not take the vaccine
Officially, the FDA says “you shouldn’t get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine if you:
- has had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
- has had a serious allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in this vaccine. “
So, what is in the vaccine? According to the FDA: “The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine consists of the following ingredients: mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl) azanediyl) bis (hexane-6,1-diyl) bis (2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol ) -2000] -N, N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine and cholesterol), potassium chloride, potassium phosphate monobasic, sodium chloride, sodium phosphate dibasic dihydrate and sucrose. “
If you receive the vaccine and have an allergic reaction, Hahn says doctors have been tasked with preparing for such an event. “To be on the safe side, [we] asked the distribution sites for the available dose of medication that might be needed to remedy this.
So again, due to clinical trial data, the risk appears to below, but we have to be very careful about this and make sure we are administering this appropriately, ”Hahn said.
Skepticism of vaccine endangers herd immunity
Raddatz wondered how “vaccine skepticism” could be a problem – “no matter how many times you said it was safe or administered it, despite assurances about it, many in the States. “United continue to express skepticism. Recent polls between a quarter and a third of Americans do not want to receive a vaccine,” she said. “What kind of problems do these numbers present?”
“It’s a big problem,” Hahn said. “I mean, if you think about how we come out of this pandemic, we need to continue our mitigation efforts right now.
It’s so important, to wear a mask, et cetera. But the way we see the light at the end of the tunnel, the way we are doing is to achieve collective immunity, which means that we have to vaccinate a significant number of people in this country, including those who hesitate.
And we must respond to their fears and concerns. We have to deploy this in a way that gives people confidence. But we also need to be transparent. What do we know? What do we not know?
As for yourself, follow the fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others.
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