US Begins Study of Allergic Reactions to COVID Vaccines

US Begins Study of Allergic Reactions to COVID Vaccines

The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that it has begun a clinical trial to determine the risk of allergic reactions to Moderna’s and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines.

Investigators will look into whether allergic reactions are more frequent in people who are “highly allergic or have a mast cell disorder” than in people who do not have allergies, according to a news release from NIH.

The study will also investigate the “biological mechanism” behind systemic allergic reactions to better understand what factors put someone at more risk.

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“The public understandably has been concerned about reports of rare, severe allergic reactions to the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a statement.

“The information gathered during this trial will help doctors advise people who are highly allergic or have a mast cell disorder about the risks and benefits of receiving

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