Sumary of Dr. Gottlieb: Rare heart inflammation cases shouldn’t stop young people from getting Covid shots:
- Rare instances of heart inflammation in young people after receiving their second Covid vaccine dose require further inquiry, Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday..
- A day earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated it’s seen a higher-than-projected number of cases of heart inflammation in 16- to 24-year-olds following their second Covid shot— 275 recorded occurrences compared with expectations of between 10 and 102..
- Symptoms, which include chest pain and shortness of breath, typically develop when a few days of receiving the vaccine, according to the CDC..
- Gottlieb said many questions remain about the connection between the heart inflammation and the Covid vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna..
- “I think at this point you need to assume there’s a causal relationship between the vaccine and these observations until you can prove otherwise,”.
- Gottlieb said what’s not known yet is whether there’s something specific about the vaccines that are causing heart inflammation..
- “Is this a more generalized inflammatory response from the vaccine that’s localizing in the heart in some patients?”.
- “Or is this something that’s more direct, where the vaccine itself is triggering some kind of very targeted immune reaction and it’s manifesting in this way?…