One particular person in France has suffered an allergic response after being injected with the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, Minister for Well being Olivier Véran has mentioned, a day after the nation began its coronavirus inoculation drive.
Of the 138,000 French individuals vaccinated on Monday, Véran mentioned there had been one case of an “hostile response of an allergic nature,” however added that the end result was “favorable” and the implications of the response weren’t critical.
Talking throughout a parliamentary assembly, Véran added that the allergic response corresponded to hostile results witnessed in a small variety of individuals inoculated with the Pfizer jab in different nations.
Well being officers within the US have mentioned that, on common, round one in 100,000 individuals expertise a extreme allergic response after receiving a dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
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One purpose put ahead for allergic reactions to the jab is that it incorporates polyethylene glycol (PEG), a substance present in shampoo and toothpaste, however not generally utilized in vaccines.
The French Allergology Federation clarified in mid-December that folks with extreme allergy symptoms can obtain the Pfizer jab, so long as they aren’t allergic to PEG.
Its recommendation was issued after two individuals within the UK suffered reactions to the vaccine and Britain’s Medicines & Healthcare Merchandise Regulatory Company instructed individuals with a “vital historical past of allergic reactions” to keep away from the jab.
A number of instances of allergic reactions to coronavirus vaccines have been reported, together with within the US, however most instances are in individuals with a historical past of reactions.
France has been one in all hardest-hit nations in Europe from the virus. Robust well being measures to ease the stress on hospitals are nonetheless in place, because the nation is at the moment averaging round 18,000 new instances day by day. From Tuesday, 25 of the nation’s administrative divisions – or ‘départements’ – are underneath 12-hour curfews from 6pm to 6am, whereas the remainder of France shall be underneath barely much less strict 8pm-to-6am curfews.
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