KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — The risk of developing anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic response, from a Covid-19 vaccine is far smaller than the risk of dying from Covid-19, a paediatrician said.
Dr Musa Nordin from the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations pointed out that the odds for an American dying from mRNA vaccine anaphylaxis is one in 303,000, a way smaller risk as compared to the risk of dying from Covid-19 at one in 300.
“You’re more likely to die from Covid-19 many many times compared to you developing a rare side effect of the vaccine,” Dr Musa told a recent webinar organised by the Edunity Foundation and G25 Malaysia.
“Only absolute contraindication to the mRNA vaccine i.e Pfizer and Moderna is anaphylaxis, means you fail to breathe, you have a blockage of your upper airway, your blood pressure drops and you faint, those are the only absolute contraindications.
“But if you are very hesitant because of your allergies, then switch to not the Sinovac but switch to the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Dr Musa added.
He pointed out that Chinese coronavirus vaccines Sinovac and Sinopharm, and Russia’s Sputnik V shot have yet to be registered.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has been procured by the Malaysian government for 39 per cent of the population, showed an efficacy rate of 95 per cent in Phase Three clinical trials among 43,000 participants.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has translated that only two cases per 11 million people developed anaphylaxis after getting the Covid-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, the other side effects from the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine seen among those below the age of 55 were fever (16 per cent), moderate to severe fatigue (38 per cent), headache (28 per cent), and chills (!8 per cent) while the rates of side effects among the older participants in the clinical trial was much lower, Dr Musa said.
Norway recently reported 29 deaths related to the Pfizer jab; all victims were “elderly people with serious basic disorders”. The Norwegian health authority reportedly said Covid-19 vaccines may be too risky for very old and terminally ill people.