UK Warns Allergic People Versus Buying Pfizer Vaccine

UK Warns Allergic People Versus Buying Pfizer Vaccine

The United Kingdom’s (UK) medicine regulator has advised people with allergies do not get Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine against coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19).

This came following reported adverse reactions from two people during the first day of the rollout.

“As is common with new vaccines the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) [had] 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,” said National Health Service medical director Stephen Powis.

“Both are recovering well,” he underscored.

The MHRA said it would seek further information regarding the matter while Pfizer and BioNTech expressed support for the investigation.

Pfizer has said earlier that people with a history of severe adverse allergic reactions were excluded from their last-stage trial which was reflected in the emergency approval protocol of MHRA.

Now, the new MHRA guidance sent out to health professionals said that a much broader segment should not take the vaccine.

“Any person with a history of a significant allergic reaction to a vaccine, medicine or food (such as the previous history of anaphylactoid reaction or those who have been advised to carry an adrenaline autoinjector) should not receive the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine,” it said, adding that resuscitation facilities should be available for all vaccinations.

The UK late last month agreed to buy 350 million doses of vaccine from different manufacturers as it prepares to vaccinate as many as 67 million people as possible.

On November 29, Britain’s Department of Health said it had increased its order for a vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical giant Moderna to seven million doses from five million doses originally. The total would be enough to give jabs to 3.5 million people.

On Tuesday, the UK started mass vaccinating its population beginning with vulnerable people such as front-liners and the elderly.

Meanwhile, the United States has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, saying the vaccine’s safety and efficacy rate met its expectations for authorization.

Photo by Angelo Esslinger/Pixabay

newsletter
Join our mailing list and never miss an update !
Lavrov Confirms Contact With Paramilitary Organisation in Mali

Lavrov Confirms Contact With Paramilitary Organisation in Mali

More than ten days ago, reports of a possible deployment of Russian mercenaries in Mali surfaced for the first time. Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov has now confirmed contact with a

Putin urged to junk media blacklist

Putin urged to junk media blacklist

More than a dozen of independent Russian media have called on President Vladimir Putin to stop the country’s proposed crackdown on foreign journalists accused of being “foreign agents.” A report by

New Study Supports calls for Pregnant Women to get Vaccinated

New Study Supports calls for Pregnant Women to get Vaccinated

So far, many pregnant women in Great Britain have been sceptical about vaccination against the coronavirus. But that is about to change: The government strongly advises vaccination - based on