CDC: 10 life-threatening reactions linked with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

CDC: 10 life-threatening reactions linked with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Since the approval of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, multiple reports have emerged detailing cases in which individuals underwent a series of mild reactions, while others suffered more serious effects such as anaphylaxis, a life-threatening, multisystem reaction that causes difficulty breathing.

For the COVAX Advanced Market Commitment 92 countries, Pfizer and BioNTech will provide the vaccine to COVAX at a not-for-profit price.

In a bid to curb the panic, Norwegian Medicines Agency on Monday said that contracting Covid-19 is more risky than getting vaccinated.

During her update on the pandemic response Thursday, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province is "wanting to do our utmost" to ensure everyone who has received one dose of the vaccine gets their second dose within 42 days.

Albania has entered into an agreement with COVAX for 1.14 million doses, enough for some 20% of the population.

Developing countries should have "the same access to vaccines as the rest of the world", Pfizer chairman Albert Bourla told a virtual press conference.

In Covax, funding is covered through donations for the 92 lower- and lower-middle income economies involved, while for richer countries, buying in operates as a back-up insurance policy. Shortages of doses and confusion over supply has led to long waits and frustration, even as the incoming Biden administration pledges to accelerate the delivery of vaccines.

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Covax still needs to finalise a supply agreement for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

However, "to do that, we need every member state, every partner, and every vaccine producer on board".

COVAX is now the only global initiative that is working with governments and manufacturers to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide to both higher-income and lower-income countries.

"Science will win, and will win for everyone", he said.

The numbers represent 2.5 cases of anaphylactic shock per one million Moderna injections, compared with 11.1 cases per one million Pfizer injections, according to the CDC study.

Tedros added: "It is not vaccines on their own that will help end the pandemic, it is vaccination".

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