Britain’s medical regulator today revealed it has not yet detected any link between Pfizer and Moderna’s Covid vaccines and heart damage, despite US officials calling an urgent meeting over growing fears there is a connection.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which polices the safety of drugs in the UK, said it is ‘closely monitoring reports of myocarditis and pericarditis received with the Covid vaccines’. It has recorded just 34 cases of myocarditis after Pfizer jabs — a similar number to after the AstraZeneca vaccine — and only two after Moderna, but says numbers ‘similar or below expected background levels’
Meanwhile, US health chiefs have announced officials will gather on June 18 to discuss 226 plausible cases of heart inflammation in under-30s given the jabs in America.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bosses yesterday admitted the number of cases was higher than expected and that most were in boys and young men. However, they insisted the complication was still rare. All the cases met the CDC’s ‘working case definition’ of myocarditis and pericarditis but the actual number of reports made stands at almost 800. Hundreds of affected patients are still being reviewed.
Among the cases spotted in the US, three are in intensive care, 15 are hospitalised and 41 have ongoing symptoms. The CDC continues to urge everyone aged 12 and older in the US to get vaccinated and says it is not clear if either condition is actually caused by the shots.
However, similar links were also uncovered in Israel, Canada, and the Pfizer vaccine was yesterday rejected for all children.