Peter Marks further added that a chemical called polyethylene glycol (PEG) that is an ingredient in the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine - as well as the Moderna vaccine authorised on Friday - "could be the culprit" causing the reactions. Moderna has several other drugs under development, but has never seen any authorized until this week. A small shopping basket filled with vials labeled "COVID-19 - Coronavirus Vaccine " and a medical sryinge are placed on a Moderna logo in this illustration ...
The researchers from the University of Oxford compared psychiatric diagnoses in COVID-19 survivors with patients who had influenza, other respiratory tract infections, skin infections, large bone fractures, gallstones and kidney stones.
Alarmingly, the county has reported more than 71,000 new COVID-19 cases since Monday, Dec. 14, an unprecedented acceleration of cases. Dr. Christina Ghaly said that as of Friday morning, there were 699 total available hospital beds in Los Angeles County - with a population of 10 million people - and just 69 ICU beds.
New cases are still rising in more than a dozen USA states. A panel of outside advisers to the FDA overwhelmingly endorsed the emergency use of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine on Thursday. Health authorities have sought to reassure Americans that large-scale clinical trials and scientific review found the vaccines to be safe and effective.
While there is a long way to go - the initiative continues to need around $6.8bn for distribution and to fund further vaccine development - the news suggests that fears that the developing world would be left behind in the scramble for a vaccine may yet prove overblown.
If approved, the Moderna shot will be the second vaccine allowed for emergency use in the United States, following the one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. But there were very few serious health events among vaccine recipients, and all might have happened by chance, according to the company and the FDA. "We will strictly screen the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine before making a judgment".