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  • The Food and Drug Administration will be adding a warning to the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines.
  • The vaccines have been linked to rare instances of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults.
  • Both institutions state that most affected patients respond well to treatment and recover, adding that people should still get vaccinated.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be adding a warning to the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines that they have been linked to rare instances of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA have been investigating a link between young adults who received the coronavirus vaccine and developed myocarditis and pericarditis — heart inflammation — following vaccination.


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The CDC has stated that of the 177 million people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine in the United States, there have been more than 1,000 instances of heart inflammation. Both institutions state that most affected patients respond well to treatment and recover, adding that  people should still take the vaccination.

“The known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks,” the CDC said, “including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis.”


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Published on Jun 24, 2021