An Alaskan healthcare worker who has suffered an allergic reaction to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine developed anaphylaxis, as the two UK medical employees explained at a news conference Wednesday by state authorities.
The woman suffered a severe allergic reaction, something that was also reported in two cases in the UK
All of them suffered an anaphylactic reaction, the symptoms of which can include skin rash, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath and which, if not treated immediately, usually with epinephrine, can lead to loss of consciousness and even death.
At the press conference, Dr Lindy Jones, who treated the affected woman, explained that the allergic reaction began about 10 minutes after she was vaccinated against covid-19 on Tuesday.
The patient began to develop a red rash and was transferred to the emergency room of the Bartlett regional hospital, in the city of June (Alaska), where the health care provider had come to be immunized as part of the vaccination campaign against covid-19 promoted by the US government
Once in the emergency room, the woman had difficulty breathing, the rash spread over her face and torso, and her heart rate accelerated, so the doctors decided to treat her with epinephrine and other medications.
Finally, they determined that it was an anaphylactic reaction and left her admitted for observation in the intensive care unit, although she is almost recovered.
Happy after getting vaccinated
“During all that time, she was still excited about having the vaccine and the benefits it would bring her in the future, ” Jones said with a smile during the press conference.
In the UK, the two toilets who suffered an adverse reaction to the vaccine had a history of severe allergies; But, in this case, the affected woman had not suffered such reactions in the past, Jones explained.
As a result of what happened in the United Kingdom, the British agency that regulates drugs issued a warning to ask that people who have experienced severe allergic reactions to drugs, some foods or another vaccine not be vaccinated.
Last Friday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the body that regulates the marketing of drugs, approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for all adults over 16 years of age after a rigorous examination to evaluate their risks and benefits.
The safety of Pfizer’s vaccine was tested in a clinical trial with 40,000 volunteers and is 95% effective.
For tomorrow, Thursday, an advisory committee of the FDA is expected to evaluate a second vaccine, that of the pharmaceutical company Moderna , whose emergency authorization could take place in the coming days.
The immunization campaign has come at the worst moment of the pandemic for the United States, which has already exceeded 300,000 deaths from covid-19 and is registering 3,000 deaths a day, a figure higher than the number of people who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
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