We go back to talking about a possible connection between the Pfizer vaccine and some cases of myocarditis that occurred after inoculation. This time to point the finger at the drug is the Israeli Ministry of Health, which on Tuesday announced, as reported by the agencies, that it had discovered a probable link between Pfizer’s vaccine and the small number of myocarditis cases that emerged among young people.
As reported by the Reuters agency, the pharmaceutical company said that there is no scientific evidence about a causal link between vaccination and myocarditis; moreover, the cases that emerged during the months of administration would fall within the normal statistics.
Pfizer vaccine, the Israeli study on myocarditis cases
According to an Israeli study, the cases of myocarditis reported between December 2020 and May 2021 were 275, among over 5 million vaccinated people. Fortunately, most patients who experienced cardiac inflammation spent no more than four days in the hospital, and 95% of cases were classified as mild.
But the conclusion reached by the study is that “there is a probable link between the administration of the second dose of vaccine (Pfizer) and the appearance of myocarditis among men aged between 16 and 30 ”. In particular, the 16-19 year old group seems to have been the most affected.
Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, quoted by Reuters: “The problem of transient myocarditis associated with a vaccine is currently a theoretical and unproven risk“. The expert also suggested that, in a benefit-risk analysis, getting the vaccine is still a safer choice than being exposed to the disease.
Ema’s position on myocarditis cases after the Pfizer vaccine
Last month the EMA had launched some investigations on the cases of myocarditis that emerged following the vaccination with Pfizer. On the sidelines of the green light for the Pfizer vaccine for the 12-15 year range, EMA recalled that the agency’s safety committee (Prac) is continuing to monitor these very rare cases of myocarditis and pericarditis, but currently not there appear to be causal links with inoculation.
What are myocarditis and pericarditis
The myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle, while the pericarditis it is an inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the heart. Inflammation can occur as a result of an infectious agent that damages or destroys the muscle cells of the heart.
Virgil News | 02-06-2021 19:11
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