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Sweden, Denmark, Finland pause Moderna vaccine for younger people

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As reports turn up regarding a higher rate of heart inflammation, a very rare side effect of the Covid vaccine, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway decided to suspend or discourage the use of Moderna vaccine in young people, and Finland decided to follow suit.

Sweden has indefinitely suspended the administration of Moderna to people aged less than 30, while Denmark stated that they won’t be offering up the vaccine to people aged less than 18. Mika Salminen of the Finnish Health Institute put forth a statement saying they won’t be providing the vaccine to people born after the year 1991, especially men as they exhibited a higher rate of vulnerability to the disease, and would be offering Pfizer. Likewise, Denmark has also urged the residents to opt for Pfizer.

Why did Sweden, Denmark and Norway Decide To Suspend Moderna Vaccine

Reports state that the decision of the three countries was based upon an unpublished study conducted by Sweden’s Public Health Agency, the findings of which supposedly signal towards “an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium”, the double-walled membrane sac in which our hearts reside.

Although they claim that the study indicated the risks are still small, they would still not be willing to put their residents through the risks as there are better alternatives available.

An earlier observation conducted by the United States at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides validation to the claims as they observed a handful of young people, particularly male, exhibit signs of heart inflammation after the administration of the second dose of the vaccine, however, the cases have been mild.

The US health agencies have still urged the public masses to get vaccinated as the risks involved are far less impactful than the consequences of not getting vaccinated.

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Brendan Byrne

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.

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