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American Experts To Review Heart Problems Among Teens After Covid Injections News From India


WASHINGTON: A panel of experts convened by the main US health agency will hold a meeting Wednesday to review data surrounding more than 300 confirmed cases of heart muscle inflammation among adolescents and young adults after receiving vaccines. Covid mRNA.
The committee, organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will listen to a risk-benefit analysis as researchers explore whether the injections can cause myocarditis, as well as cases of inflammation of the lining of the heart, pericarditis.
Israel was the first country to identify a possible link.
“These cases are rare and the vast majority have been resolved completely with rest and supportive care,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said last week before the meeting, which was initially scheduled for last Friday, but it was postponed due to a new holiday.
The confirmed cases were investigated after initial reports to vaccine safety monitoring systems, and come from more than 20 million adolescents and young adults who have been vaccinated, Walensky added.
While 300 out of 20 million is a small number, it is likely still higher than would otherwise be expected for the age group.
At an earlier meeting on the subject convened on June 10 by the Food and Drug Administration, it was heard that most of the cases occurred among young men and occurred within a week of the second dose.
CDC’s new audience will delve into updated data that has been independently verified, rather than self-reported.
Lorry Rubin, director of pediatric infectious diseases at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, told AFP: “I am concerned, but want to emphasize that cause and effect has not yet been established.”
He said his own hospital had seen some cases of adolescent males developing chest pain a day or two after the second dose of an mRNA vaccine.
The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only licensed vaccine for adolescents 12 years of age and older.
“On the other hand, the cases have been relatively mild,” Rubin added, and the patients returned to normal within days after treatment with drugs such as ibuprofen.
Myocarditis is known to be seasonal, with a higher incidence in the summer months potentially related to enteroviruses, and is estimated to affect one in 100,000 children per year.
Even if a causal link to vaccines is established, Rubin said it should be weighed against Covid’s risks to children.
While children are less affected than adults, the virus has still hospitalized more than 3,000 children in the United States during the course of the pandemic and caused more than 300 deaths, according to official data. Some 2,700 people under the age of 30 have died from Covid.
“In fact, we have had more children infected with Covid that we know have had long-term impacts, some of whom have been quite ill with cardiac symptoms in the hospital,” emphasized Lee Savio Beers, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Other experts have taken a more cautious line.
Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease and public health expert at the University of California, San Francisco, said the United States had gone beyond the recommendations of other countries on vaccinating adolescents.
These include Germany and Israel, which only recommend vaccinating adolescents who are at high risk, while Britain is still examining the data and has yet to make a decision.
“It is a new vaccine, it has been raised more and more as a concern, and all the other countries, except us, have done something wrong on the safety side,” he told AFP, adding that he was putting off having his 13-year-old son. receive a second dose until you learn more.

Times of India