US Medical Regulator Begins Investigating Pfizer Allergy Cases
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating several cases of human allergic reactions to the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. This was announced on December 18 by the head of the department of vaccines department Peter Marks.
“The total number of [allergy] cases we are investigating is about five,” he said during a briefing broadcast on the official FDA YouTube channel.
Marks noted that the allergic reaction could be caused by polyethylene glycol, which is part of the drug, but it is still impossible to say for sure about this.
On the eve it became known that the American biotechnology company Moderna destroyed about 400 thousand doses of the vaccine against COVID-19 due to problems at the final stages of production of the drug associated with “filtration”.
On December 18, the US government granted immunity from liability for side effects from the vaccine in volunteers to the US companies Pfizer and Moderna.
At the same time, since the beginning of the drug trials, there have been reports of side effects from American vaccines more than once. For example, a video is being circulated on social media in which a US nurse faints immediately after being given the vaccine.
On December 16, it became known that an American medical worker was hospitalized after being vaccinated with BioNTech and Pfizer. It is noted that the woman developed an allergic reaction after receiving the vaccine, although she did not have a history of allergies. The next day, it was reported that another physician needed emergency assistance after vaccination.
The start of large-scale vaccination in the United States was announced on December 14.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, began at the end of December last year. The Chinese city of Wuhan became the hotbed of infection. For several months, the disease has spread to more than 210 countries of the world. On March 11, WHO declared a coronavirus pandemic.
According to the latest data, 17.8 million cases of COVID-19 were detected in the United States, while 320.8 thousand patients died, and another 10.3 million people recovered.