Getting to Know the Side Effects of Pfizer Vaccine: 4 cases of Bell’s Palsy in the Treatment Group

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Comment by Zia H Shah, chief editor of the Muslim Times: Four cases of Bells palsy in the treatment group which is short lived seventh nerve paralysis and leads to distortion of the face and lips. Reference

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FDA says Pfizer Covid vaccine provides some protection after first dose, meets success criteria

Source: CNBC

By Berkeley Lovelace Jr.; @BERKELEYJR

KEY POINTS

  • The FDA said data from Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine trials was “consistent” with recommendations put forth by the agency for an emergency use authorization.
  • FDA staff also said data submitted appeared to show the vaccine provided protection after the first dose.
  • It added that two doses of the vaccine were “highly effective” in preventing confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that data from Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine trials was consistent with recommendations put forth by the agency for an emergency use authorization. It also said the vaccine was highly effective and did not raise any specific safety concerns.

In documents published ahead of an advisory meeting Thursday to review Pfizer’s vaccine, FDA staff also said data submitted appeared to show the vaccine wasat least 52% effective before the second dose and 82% effective for the combined group of people who took one or two doses.

Pfizer’s vaccine recommends two doses about three weeks apart. The agency added that two doses of the vaccine were “highly effective” in preventing confirmed cases of Covid-19 at least seven days following the second dose. In such instances, the vaccine was 94.8% effective after seven days of the inoculation.

The FDA has indicated it would authorize a vaccine that’s safe and at least 50% effective. The flu vaccine, by comparison, generally reduces people’s risk of getting influenza by 40% to 60% compared with people who aren’t inoculated, according to the CDC.

“As such, FDA has determined that the Sponsor has provided adequate information to ensure the vaccine’s quality and consistency for authorization of the product under an EUA,” the agency said on its website.

The FDA is expected to decide on whether to authorize Pfizer’s vaccine within days. The U.K. on Tuesday began mass inoculations with the vaccine based on its approval of emergency use.

The documents posted Tuesday offer a glimpse of the FDA’s view of the vaccine. The agency is scheduled to convene a meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, a group of outside medical experts, on Thursday to review Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine with German drugmaker BioNTech for emergency use.

Emergency use authorization means the FDA will allow some people to receive the vaccine as the agency continues to evaluate data. It isn’t the same as a full approval, which can typically take months. The FDA granted emergency clearance for Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir in May before giving full approval in late October.

If Thursday’s meeting goes well and the advisory committee formally recommends the vaccine, the FDA could announce its authorization “within days,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday. “But it’s going to go according to FDA’s gold-standard process, and I’m going to make sure it does,” he added.

The FDA doesn’t have to follow the advisory committee’s recommendation, but the agency often does. Additionally, the FDA’s positive assessment of the vaccine does not mean the committee will take the same stance at its meeting Thursday.

Pfizer submitted its Covid vaccine data to the FDA on Nov. 20. The company said a final analysis of its phase three clinical trial, with more than 43,000 participants, found the vaccine was 95% effective in preventing Covid, was safe and appeared to fend off severe disease. Its vaccine uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, technology. It’s a new approach to vaccines that uses genetic material to provoke an immune response.

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4 replies

  1. The United States could get the coronavirus pandemic under control by the “back half of 2021” if enough people are vaccinated against the disease in the spring once doses are widely available, White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday.

    That would mean businesses could likely welcome employees back to the office, restaurants could open indoor at full capacity and sporting events and theater performances could resume safely if enough people are vaccinated against Covid-19, Fauci told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council summit.

    “I think we can get there towards the second half of 2021 if we implement the vaccine program properly and aggressively,” Fauci said.

    The infectious disease expert, who will remain in a similar position next year as an advisor to President-elect Joe Biden on Covid, said it’s likely there should be enough doses of vaccine available for all Americans beginning in late March and early April.

    However, the challenge will be convincing the “overwhelming majority” of people in the U.S. to get vaccinated, Fauci said. In order to get an “umbrella of herd immunity” in the nation, roughly 75% or more of the population will need to be vaccinated against the virus, he said.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/08/covid-vaccines-fauci-says-virus-could-be-under-control-in-back-half-of-2021.html

    • let’s see how many restaurants will still be around. Many will not be able to pay rent for empty spaces all that time and get permanently broke

  2. Each year, about 40,000 people in the US develop Bell’s palsy.

    Put another way, about one in every 60 to 70 people will suddenly find their face paralyzed at least once over the course of their lifetimes.

    There are some patterns to who tends to get Bell’s palsy. It’s more common in pregnant women, especially during their third trimester, or shortly after birth. People with diabetes are also more prone to Bell’s.

    Having an upper respiratory infection, like the cold or the flu is also a risk factor.

    As a respiratory infection, it’s possible that COVID-19 itself could be a risk factor for Bell’s palsy. Facial palsy was reported in three Brazilian COVID-19 patients, at least one person in China, a pregnant woman in Portugal, and in a number of Indian patients.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9030943/Four-volunteers-got-Pfizers-vaccine-developed-Bells-palsy.html

  3. If you’ve had any bad allergic reaction to vaccines, bee stings, food, etc… anything causing anaphylaxis that requires you to carry an epipen, please heed the warnings and wait. There are natural ways to boost your immune system in the meantime.

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