UK regulators say people with a “significant medical history” of allergic reactions should not receive the new Pfizer vaccine.
LONDON (AP) – UK regulators say people with a “significant medical history” of allergic reactions should not be given the new Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine while examining two side effects that occurred on the first day of the country’s mass vaccination program.
Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for the National Health Service in England, said health authorities are acting on the recommendation of the Agency for Medicines and Health Products, the country’s drug regulator. He said the MHRA advised as a precaution that people with a significant history of allergic reactions should not receive this vaccine. He said both people are recovering well.
The Food and Drug Administration will meet tomorrow to decide if there is a need for emergency use in the United States. An analysis by FDA scientists on Tuesday released its first scientific assessment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, confirming that it provides strong protection, laying the groundwork for the government’s green light to make the nation’s biggest vaccination effort.
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