FRIDAY, June 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) — An emergency meeting will be held June 18 to discuss rare reports of heart inflammation in people who’ve received the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
The agency said it’s identified 226 reports so far that may meet its “working case definition” of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccinations. Most of those patients have recovered, but three remain in intensive care, 15 are still hospitalized and 41 have ongoing symptoms, CBS News reported.
The CDC is analyzing the cases in advance of the meeting, and also plans to assess the overall risk of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19, according to Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, a CDC vaccine safety official.
The 226 known cases remain extremely rare, having occurred among nearly 130 million Americans who’ve been fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, CBS News