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Heart inflammation ‘likely’ linked to Covid vaccine: WHO


Kolkata, India: The World Health Organization stated on Friday that “the probable causal link” between mRNA technology-based coronavirus vaccinations and “extremely uncommon” heart swelling is plausible, but the advantages are still greater than risk.

The Global Advisory Board on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) of the United Nations health authority noted that in some countries, notably the US, it was reported that there had been myocardization – heart muscle inflame — and pericarditis — lining inflammation surrounding the heart.

“The reported cases have typically occurred within days of vaccination, more commonly among younger males and more often following the second dose of Covid-19 mRNA vaccines,” the committee said in a statement.

After examining existing data, GACVS assessed that ‘current evidence shows that myocarditis and mRNA vaccinations are likely causally associated.’

Nevertheless, it adds that “the advantages of mRNA Covid-19 vaccinations are more than the dangers associated with the reduction in hospitalizations and fatalities owing to Covid-19 infections.”

The committee noted, although it has observed the potential long-term consequences, most occurrences of myocarditis and pericarditis after immunization were “mild.” It required just “conservative” treatment.

US health officials alerted the young receivers of myocarditis last month that there is likely to be a relationship between mRNA vaccinations – like Pfizer and Moderna – and the advantage remains overweight.

The WHO stated in its assessment of the data this week, a ‘plausible causal link’ was also found in the pharmacovigilance committee of the European Medical Agency which tracks the adverse effects of medicaments.

Myocarditis is an uncommon disease that is typically thought to be caused by a virus by specialists.

Most patients have chest discomfort, and typically anti-inflammatory medications and extra oxygen are used if necessary.

Israel was the first country in its rapid roll-off of mRNA injections to report myocarditis among vaccine patients.

Debayan Paul
Debayan is a freelance digital reporter and Editor-in-chief of We The World Magazine. Contact:


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