Pfizer-BioNTech: UK issues allergy warning over new COVID-19 vaccine

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

09th Dec, 2020. 06:25 pm
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After the arrival of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom (UK), the medicine regulator has advised people with a history of significant allergic reactions to not get the vaccine.

According to the details, two people had major adverse effects on the first day of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine arrival.

National Health Service medical director Stephen Powis said the advice had been changed after two NHS workers reported anaphylactoid reactions associated with getting the shot.

“As is common with new vaccines the MHRA (regulator) have advised on a precautionary basis that people with a significant history of allergic reactions do not receive this vaccination, after two people with a history of significant allergic reactions responded adversely yesterday,” Powis said. “Both are recovering well,” he added.

Several thousand people were vaccinated on Tuesday in hospital clinics on the first day of the UK rollout of the new Covid jab.

An expert in immunology at Imperial College London, said: “The fact that we know so soon about these two allergic reactions and that the regulator has acted on this to issue precautionary advice shows that this monitoring system is working well.”

However, two people, out of thousands immunized, had an allergic reaction which they recovered from.

Such reactions can happen with any vaccine and are treated with drugs such as steroids or adrenaline.

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