Signals to watch out for on Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, says the Medicines Agency


During a vaccination in an nursing home. (drawing) – Bony / SIPA

The 73 cases of arterial hypertension, of short duration, declared since the beginning of the vaccination with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19, do not call into question its safety, but “constitutes a signal that must be monitored”, estimated Thursday the ANSM Medicines Agency. For the AstraZeneca vaccine intended for those under 65 years of age, the ANSM notes “a potential signal”, with 149 declarations of influenza-like illness, often of high intensity (high fever, body aches, headaches), affecting for most health professionals. health average age 34, among the 10,000 people vaccinated between 6 and 10 February. “These adverse effects are known and described with vaccines”, indicates the ANSM.

“The health establishments are informed of this potential signal” and to “limit the risk” of disruption of the functioning of the care services, it is recommended to vaccinate in a phased manner the staff of the same service, indicates the health agency in recommending, if necessary, to favor the use of paracetamol at the lowest dose and for the shortest possible time. The Saint-Lô Hospital Center (Manche) said Thursday in a press release to review its schedules in order to comply with this precaution after some of its services were disrupted due to a high proportion of discomfort among vaccinated staff.

No similar declarations in other European countries

The ANSM specifies that the batch of this vaccine, used since February 6, which was the subject of a strict control before its marketing, “was used in 21 other countries of the EU” and “that To date, there are no equivalent declarations in other countries ”. Regarding the Comirnaty vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech, the 73 cases of increase in blood pressure, immediately after vaccination or in a delayed manner, were of short duration and of favorable evolution, details the ANSM.

Faced with any symptom suggestive of arterial hypertension such as discomfort, headaches, dizziness, the ANSM recommends that vaccinated people check their blood pressure for the earliest possible medical treatment, if it is necessary. The information concerning these two vaccines has been transmitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), indicates the agency “To date, there is no safety signal with the Moderna vaccine”, adds the ANSM.


Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.

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