COVID vaccine

On Tuesday, Israel’s Health Ministry stated that it detected a few heart inflammation cases. It is witnessed mainly in young men who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in Israel plausible due to their vaccination.

Pfizer has declared it has discerned a higher rate of the heart condition known as myocarditis seen in the general population.

Characteristic symptoms of myocarditis include shortness of breath, fever, and chest pains.

Israel reports 275 cases of myocarditis between December 2020 and May 2021 among more than 5 million vaccinated people. The ministry said in disclosing the conclusions of research it commissioned to investigate the matter.

According to the study, most patients who endured heart inflammation spent no longer than four days in the hospital, and 95 percent of the cases classify as mild ones, which the ministry said was conducted by three teams of specialists.

The investigation affirmed “there is a feasible link between receiving the second dose of Pfizer vaccine and the occurrence of myocarditis among men aged 16 to 30,” it said in a report.

According to the conclusions, the link seen is more among men aged 16 to 19 than in other age groups.

Pfizer responded in a statement that it is aware of the Israeli observations of myocarditis, remarking no causal link established to its vaccine.

“The potency of the vaccine outweighs the risk. “Nachman Ash, Israel’s pandemic-response director of adverse events, reviews. Pfizer now frequently meets with the Vaccine Safety Department of the Israeli Ministry of Health to reexamine the data.

Israel had held off proceeding with its 12 to 15-year-old population eligibility for the vaccines, pending the Health Ministry report. A ministry panel approved vaccinating the adolescents in correspondence to publishing those conclusions, a senior official said.

“The council gave the green signal to vaccinate 12- to 15-year-olds, and this will be likely as of next week,” Nachman Ash, Israel’s pandemic-response director, told Radio 103 FM. 

The US advises further investigations.

Last month, a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group suggested further study of the probability of a link between myocarditis and mRNA vaccines, including those from Pfizer and Moderna Inc.

CDC monitoring regularities had not encountered more cases than usually expected in the population. However, the advisory group said in a report that members felt healthcare providers should be made aware of reports of a “potential adverse event.”

Economy reopened

Israel has been a world leader in its vaccination rollout.

With the COVID-19 pandemic down to just a handful a day and total active cases at just 340 across the country, the economy has fully opened, though restrictions prevail on incoming tourism.

Around 55 percent of Israel’s population got vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, restrictions on social distancing and the need for special green vaccination passes to enter certain restaurants and venues were dismissed.