December 11, 2020

UK warns of Covid-19 vaccine side effects

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The Gist

The announcement comes after two healthcare workers went into anaphylactic shock after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 

The List

  • The UK was the first country to give the green light for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and began vaccinating healthcare workers and the elderly earlier this week.
  • After two healthcare workers went into anaphylactic shock, Britian's healthcare authority has stated that anyone with severe allergies to certain foods or medicines should not take the vaccine. 
  • Health authorities are currently investigating any other potential side effects with the support of Pfizer and BioNTech. 
  • They have also stated that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for those without severe allergies, though critics believe this incident suggests there was insufficient due diligence by health authorities. 

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