The U.S. is stepping up investigation of causes of heart inflammation and COVID vaccines even as it expands the use of the vaccine for the group at highest risk for heart side effects, the youngest of Americans, said the Wall Street Journal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had admitted since June that there was a “’likely association” between Pfizer -BioNTech and Moderna’s mRNA Covid-19 vaccines and an inflammatory heart condition in some younger individuals, according to the Journal.
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So far 877 verified cases of myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscles have occurred in the U.S., although the CDC said in June that 1,200 cases had been reported, according to the Journal.
But thus far the medical experts have no concrete answers, just a bunch of theories.
“Some doctors have theorized that improper injections of the vaccines may be contributing,” said the Journal. ”The shots are supposed to be injected into the shoulder muscle, also known as the deltoid muscle.
“If the injection accidentally reaches a vein,” the report continued, “it could lead to delivery of some of the vaccine to the heart through blood vessels.”
Some European countries have said the risk to young men isn’t worth it.
“Younger men seemed to be at increased risk of the condition, however,” according to reports, “and today Finland joined Sweden and Denmark in pausing the Moderna vaccine among young men after a Nordic study found a slightly elevated risk in that demographic.”
While the CDC said more than 300 million doses of the vaccine have been delivered across the country, the risk of myocarditis is concentrated in a much smaller demographic that thus far hasn’t received as many vaccinations as the general public.
Vaccination, said the CDC, is worth the risk.
That may be true for the general population, but perhaps it might be unacceptable for young men and boys.