Pfizer is warning Britain’s National Health Service not to give the company’s coronavirus vaccine to people with a significant history of allergic reactions. The drugmaker issued that guidance today after two NHS workers had what health officials called adverse responses. A patient information leaflet from Pfizer says signs of allergic reaction might include an itchy skin rash, shortness of breath, and swelling of the face or tongue…and bell’s palsy.
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As the United Kingdom began administering people with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, four people who got Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in the firm’s trial developed Bell’s palsy, a form of temporary facial paralysis.
The FDA can’t confirm that the vaccine caused Bell’s palsy, but warned that doctors should watch for the alarming side effect.
Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. It can usually occur when a nerve that controls the muscles becomes inflamed, swollen or compressed.
Meanwhile, Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla said the company did not “cut any corners” while rolling out the vaccines.