United States

Second medical worker in Alaska seeks urgent aid after Pfizer vaccine

09:45, 17 December 2020
Second medical worker in Alaska seeks urgent aid after Pfizer vaccine Photo: Vincent Isore/Global Look Press

Vaccination against coronavirus in the United States started with a drug developed by Pfizer in cooperation with the German BioNTech. Already the second medical worker required urgent medical attention after immunization.

According to US regulations, the first vaccine is to be administered to health care workers and nursing home residents. The New York Times reported that one of the vaccinated doctors felt unwell after the procedure. Within ten minutes after the injection, he showed symptoms of an allergic reaction - swelling under the eyes, sore throat, and dizziness.

According to the source, doctors did not consider such a patient's reaction to the vaccine as allergic. After providing assistance and taking medication, he reported that he returned to normal within an hour and was discharged.

It has already been the second case in Alaska. The public wondered whether it was worth stopping the vaccination until the drug properties and possible side effects were clarified. Experts believe that two incidents are not a reason to freeze the vaccination program.

I don't think this means we should pause vaccine production. Not at all. Researchers need to figure out which component of the vaccine is causing this reaction, said Dr. Paul Offit, expert, and member of the advisory group that recommended Pfizer's emergency vaccine.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that World Health Organization (WHO) official in Russia Melita Vujnovich revealed the conditions under which the first generation of vaccines against coronavirus would stop the pandemic.