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Israeli health officials a possible link was found among the vaccine Pfizer / BioNTech COVID – nationally trusted almost exclusively to push for vaccination – and many cases of heart inflammation in young men following the second dose, the Ministry of Health said Tuesday.
After the service received reports in inflammation of the heart, including myocarditis, after COVID vaccination, a panel of experts was appointed to investigate the issue. the with the panel public health experts specializing in epidemiology, members of the National Center for Disease Control and academics from Tel Aviv University, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Haifa University.
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Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle that can lead to cardiac arrhythmia and death. According to researchers according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, myocarditis can be the result of infections, but “myocarditis is usually the result of the body’s immune reaction to initial heart damage.”
According to a study by Israeli health officials, there were 275 cases of myocarditis identified between December 2020 and May 2021, including 148 cases that occurred within a month after vaccination. Of the 148 cases, 27 occurred after the first dose and 121 after the second dose. Nearly half of the cases involved people with a previous medical condition, The Bloomberg report.
Many of the the cases were reported among men 16 to 30, and usually in the ages 16 to 19 years. Most patients were discharged from the hospital less than four days, and 95% of cases were considered slow.
There is a possible connection between receiving a second dose of the vaccine and the onset of myocarditis in young men aged 16-30, ” the group of experts ended. “The connection is stronger among young people aged 16-19 compared to other ages and decreases as age increases.”
The new analysis “strongly suggests a causal trait” between the vaccine and myocarditis, Said Dror Mevorach, head of internal medicine at Hadassah University Medical Center assigned to lead the panel. “I’m sure there’s a relationship.”
“This suggests that this is, at least statistically, a real phenomenon,” said Peter Liu, a cardiologist and chief science officer at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
Douglas Diekema, a pediatrician and bioethicist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said cause to investigate “Even a sign of a signal.” He warned, however, that “while this report shows … it requires the verification of other populations by other investigators before we can be sure there is a link.”
In a statement, Pfizer said there is still no indication that the cases are due to its vaccine. Myocarditis often causes viral infections, and COVID infections have been reported to cause the condition, the drug manufacturer said.
Pfizer’s partner, BioNTech, says more than 300 million doses of COVID vaccine have been administered worldwide and the “benefit-risk profile” of the vaccine remains positive.
“A careful review of the reports is ongoing and it is not over,” as the company. “Adverse events, including myocarditis and pericarditis, are regularly checked by companies as well as management authorities.”
The findings of the Israeli panel come as follows Israel and many European countries debate on whether young people should be vaccinated against COVID. A decision to include the 12 to 15 age group in the nation’s immunization program has not yet been made.
According to the Health Ministry, a recommendation about vaccination for children aged 12-15 will soon be done by the epidemiological team and will be introduced by the director general of the ministry.
Other countries, including the U.S. and Canada began vaccinating children 12 and older in May. As in The Defender reports, a group of more than 40 UK doctors last month in an open letter told Britain’s drug regulation agency that vaccinating children for COVID was “irresponsible, unethical and unnecessary.”
The introduction known to the Israeli panel studying a possible link between vaccine and myocarditis the first released on Channel 12 at the end of April. Channel 12 reported two cases of people dying from the disease, but said there was no certainty of the link between these cases and the vaccine.
As in The Defender reports May 10, EU regulators called Pfizer and Modern to provide more data related to companies ’COVID vaccines and a potential link to heart inflammation after the agency completed a safety review of all four COVID vaccines approved for emergency use in the EU.
In a report issued on May 7, the safety committee of the European Medicines Agency, (uncomfortable), revealed that its members were aware of the cases myocarditis and pericarditis following Pfizer vaccination.
Regulators say they see no indication that the vaccine is causing these cases. But as an avoidance, PRAC asked Pfizer provides additional data, including an analysis of events based on age and gender, in the next pandemic safety report before regulators know if there is necessary control action.
On May 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office has partnered it investigated reports that some teens and young people who have been vaccinated against COVID may have experienced heart problems.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on May 17 statement says reports of myocarditis to date as much occurring in adolescents and young adults, more often in men than women, always following a second dose and usually within four days after to vaccinate. Most cases appeared to be “mild” and follow-up continued.
A CDC’s search Vaccine Bad Vacation Reporting System (VAERS) revealed 419 cases of pericarditis and myocarditis reported between December 14, 2020 and May 21, 2021 in the U.S. following COVID vaccination. Of the 419 cases reported, 247 cases dedicated to Pfizer, 151 cases in Moderna and 20 cases of the COVID vaccine at Johnson & Johnson.