A Geriatric Oncology Fellow at Boston Medical Centre in Boston, United States, Dr. Hossein Sadrzadeh, developed a severe allergic reaction minutes after receiving Moderna’s COVID-19.
The physician, who has a severe shellfish allergy, according to the New York Times on Friday, felt dizzy and had a racing heart, but recovered quickly with treatment.
The development is reported to be the first severe reaction publicly linked to Moderna’s vaccine, which is in its first week of a nationwide rollout.
Until now, reports of severe reactions had been linked to the Pfizer vaccine.
The spokesman for Boston Medical Center, David Kibbe, in a statement said Dr. Sadrzadeh had received Moderna’s vaccine on Thursday and “felt he was developing an allergic reaction and was allowed to self-administer his personal EpiPen.
“He was taken to the Emergency Department, evaluated, treated, observed and discharged. He is doing well today,” he said.
Ray Jordan, a spokesman for Moderna, said the company could not comment publicly on an individual case, but assured that their medical safety team would look into the matter.
New York Times revealed that federal agencies are already investigating at least six cases involving those that suffered anaphylaxis after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which contains similar ingredients, during the first few weeks of its distribution in the United States.
It noted that Officials with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had discussed the reactions involving some of the Pfizer cases, but have not determined if an ingredient in the vaccine caused the allergic responses.
Based on reports, some health care workers in Britain also experienced anaphylaxis after receiving the Pfizer vaccine earlier this month.
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