UK investigates doable allergic reactions to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 shot


U.Okay. regulators stated on Wednesday that individuals who have a “vital historical past” of allergic reactions shouldn’t obtain the brand new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine whereas they examine two hostile reactions that occurred on the primary day of the nation’s mass vaccination programme.

Professor Stephen Powis, nationwide medical director for the Nationwide Well being Service in England, stated well being authorities had been performing on a suggestion from the Medical and Healthcare Merchandise Regulatory Company.

“As is widespread with new vaccines the MHRA have suggested on a precautionary foundation that folks with a big historical past of allergic reactions don’t obtain this vaccination after two individuals with a historical past of great allergic reactions responded adversely yesterday,” Mr. Powis stated in a press release. “Each are recovering nicely.”

The feedback got here as Dr. June Raine, head of the MHRA, instructed a Parliamentary committee that regulators had acquired experiences of two allergic reactions from the vaccine.

“We all know from the very intensive scientific trials that this wasn’t a characteristic,” she stated. “But when we have to strengthen our recommendation, now that we’ve got had this expertise with the weak populations, the teams who’ve been chosen as a precedence, we get that recommendation to the sector instantly.

Dr. Raine’s feedback got here as a part of a normal dialogue of how her company will proceed to watch individuals who obtain the vaccine licensed for emergency use final week.

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