On Tuesday the UK’s first covid vaccine rollout hits a roadblock. Within 24 hours of the Vaccine day, anyone with serious allergy to vaccine, medicines or food was told not to take the Pfizer jab.
The Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency issued on Wednesday new advice saying that “any person with previous history of anaphylactoid reaction or those who have been advised to carry an adrenaline autoinjector should not receive the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine”. The statement comes after two NHS workers reported they had suffered allergic reactions after being administered the vaccine
Anaphylactoid reactions appear as skin rashes, breathlessnes,s and a drop in blood pressure. This is different from anaphylaxis, which can lead to death.
The jab, codenamed BNT162b2, became the first-ever vaccine against coronavirus to receive emergency use approval – first in the UK and then in Bahrain. The companies have also approved regulators in India for emergency use authorization of the inoculation, but it seems like a long shot, considering the fact it has never undergone any trials in the country. The vaccine has to be stored at extremely frigid temperatures of -70 degrees Celsius, which presents another argument against its approval by the Indian regulator.
Meanwhile, the UK has begun to vaccinate its priority groups against COVID-19 using the Pfizer vaccine. Margaret Keenan, 90, and William Shakespeare, 81, were the first and second recipients of the jab vaccine in the world. The British government intends to administer 800,000 in the coming weeks.