Covid-19: American committee examines heart problems in vaccinated young people

On Wednesday, experts are meeting to review about 300 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis that have occurred after injections of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

American experts are due to meet on Wednesday, June 23, in the United States to study about 300 cases of heart inflammation caused by the administration of certain Covid-19 vaccines, especially in adolescents or young adults. These cases were followed by vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna, which all have in common that they are based on messenger RNA technology.

Independent experts are convened by the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country’s leading federal public health agency, to review these cases of myocarditis and pericarditis, respectively, inflammation of the heart muscle or heart membrane. a heart. “These cases are rare, and the vast majority (of them) have been resolved with rest and care.”– assured Rochelle Walenski, director of the CDC on Thursday. This meeting of the CDC’s Vaccination Advisory Committee (ACIP) was originally scheduled to take place last Friday, but had to be postponed due to the sudden announcement of a public holiday in the United States.

“CDC to Provide Details of Over 300 Confirmed Cases of Myocarditis and Pericarditis Reported to CDC and FDA (American Medicines Agency, editor’s note)among over 20 million adolescents and young adults vaccinated in the US “– explained Ms. Walenski. “In recent months, we have asked practitioners to be alert and report cases of patients with symptoms of myocarditis and pericarditis after vaccination.”, she added. CDC “Detailed medical reports have been received to confirm the diagnoses. (…) to make sure our vaccines are safe in real time “she finally assured, saying wait “I look forward to this important discussion.”

95% mild cases

For the first time, such cases were reported in Israel, where vaccination was faster than in most countries. The Israeli Ministry of Health raised at the end of May “Possible link” between Pfizer vaccine and cases of myocarditis in young men, indicating that 95% were benign. Several cases have also been found in France. In the United States, two weeks ago, a pharmaceutical agency committee meeting analyzed information from the public system to allow anyone to report severe symptoms after vaccination. According to this anecdotal evidence, about 530 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis have returned after a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. More than half were people between the ages of 12 and 24, most of them men. The most common symptom was chest pain.

“Reported cases exceed the expected number of cases” usually, Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, head of the CDC, said in this presentation, but this data needs to be verified. “I am concerned, but I want to point out that a causal relationship has not yet been established.”Lorrie Rubin, director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center in New York, told AFP. “In our hospital, we have seen cases of teenage boys developing chest pain a day or two after the second dose of messenger RNA vaccine.”, he testified. But these cases were “Relatively lightweight”and most of them were treated with anti-inflammatory drugs.

And even if a link between vaccinations and myocarditis is proven, the benefits of these vaccines may still outweigh the risks, he said. Although adolescents and young adults are at a lower risk of developing severe cases of Covid-19, more than 2,600 people between the ages of 0 and 29 have died from it in the United States, according to health authorities. Some children also have “Sick enough” and pass “Long-term effects” due to illness, Lee Savio Bierce, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told AFP. “You can also have some pretty serious heart problems as a result of Covid-19 infection.”, she added. “I definitely always recommend the vaccine for teenagers.”– said the specialist, without saying to expect a change in the recommendations for the use of vaccines.

In the US, the Pfizer vaccine has been licensed since the age of 12, and the Moderna vaccine from the age of 18.

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