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Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may be linked to cases of heart inflammation

EU regulator: Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may be linked to cases of heart inflammation

The European Medicines Agency said that mRNA vaccines from BioNTech / Pfizer and Moderna may be associated with rare cases of heart inflammation.

This is reported by Politico.

Myocarditis and pericarditis are inflammatory heart diseases whose symptoms include shortness of breath, accelerated heartbeat, and chest pain.

The PRAC Safety Committee analyzed 145 cases of myocarditis and 138 cases of pericarditis after the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine. According to the Moderna vaccine, the PRAC analyzed 19 cases of each condition.

By the end of May, about 177 million doses of BioNTech / Pfizer and 20 ml of Moderna were introduced in the European Economic Area.

The PRAC recommended updating the product information to include this side effect and raise awareness among medical staff and recipients.

The committee also recommended limiting the authorization for the sale of Johnson & Johnson vaccines so that people who have a history of capillary leakage syndrome do not receive it.

Finally, the PRAC reported that the product information for the Oxford / AstraZeneca  includes a warning to raise awareness of cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) that may have been reported after vaccination.

The syndrome causes inflammation of the nerves and can lead to pain, numbness, muscle weakness, and difficulty walking.



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