COVID-19 Vaccine Update: FDA Adds Warning to Moderna and Pfizer Vaccines
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The COVID-19 vaccines that were made by Moderna and Pfizer has received a warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to possible heart implications among adolescents and young males that has been reported.

Why The Urgency?

Just this Friday, June 25, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on the second dose of both types of COVID-19 jabs of a risk of both types of heart inflammation, according to news from ABC7.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have received troubling reports (1,200 to be exact) of heart inflammation just after 300 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were given.

The cases were mostly from adolescents and young men.

Thankfully, the patients were quick to recover from the heart inflammation as reported by Dr. Matthew Oster, a pediatric cardiologist. The vaccines are based on the study on the mRNA technology that is being used in both vaccines.

Regardless, the FDA is reminding the people now more than ever to seek immediate medical attention after taking the vaccine if they experience any of the symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest pain, fluttering, fast-beating, and pounding of the heart.

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FDA Weighs in their Opinion

The FDA had this to say, "This update follows an extensive review of information and the discussion by CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting on Wednesday."

They further added, "The data presented at this meeting reinforced the FDA's decision to revise the fact sheets and further informed the specific revisions."

Experts from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) linked the mRNA COVID-19 and the cases of heart inflammation within the infected patients, but that the vaccinations as of now are still worth the risk.

The symptoms are manageable by most and can easily be treated, hence continuing with the on-going vaccinations with Pfizer and Moderna.

Both the FDA and CDC are closely monitoring the situational reports coming in for any and all adverse side effects from the vaccinations in order to assess the longer-term outcomes, said the FDA. 

Types of Heart Inflammation Were Noted

From the cases, the prevailing heart illnesses came from pericarditis and myocarditis.

Pericarditis is the enlargement or inflammation of the pericardium. The pericardium is the layer of tissue that covers the heart and hold it in place and keep beating properly.

Myocarditis, on the other hand, is the enlargement of the myocardium. It affects both your electrical and muscles within the heart. This can lead to reduction of the hearts ability to pump blood and cause arrhythmias or abnormal beating of the heart.

The two are common adverse effects from drug intake, which the vaccines are responsible for. Reuters reached out to Pfizer and Moderna for comments but has since yet heard back from either one of the companies. 

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Written by Alec G.

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