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People who suffer from ‘significant’ allergic reactions should not take Covid vaccine, UK regulators warn

The UK’s drug regulator has warned that people with have a history of “significant” allergic reactions should not receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued the warning after two NHS staff members who were administered with doses on Tuesday both suffered an allergic reaction.

NHS England said all trusts involved with the vaccination programme have been informed.

Dr June Raine, chief executive of the MHRA, said the regulatory body was examining the cases.

“We know from the very extensive clinical trials this wasn’t a feature," she told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday. 

"But if we need to strengthen our advice now that we’ve had this experience in the vulnerable populations - the groups that have been selected as a priority - we get that advice to the field immediately.”

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Source: The Independent, 8 December 2020


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