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Covid Vaccine Has Fewer Breakthrough Cases Than Pfizer’s

Covid Vaccine Has Fewer Breakthrough Cases Than Pfizer’s

Moderna defended the use of its Covid-19 vaccine Thursday, saying the protection it offers against severe disease, hospitalization and death outweighs the risk of myocarditis, a rare heart condition seen in a small number of young men who received the shot.–ron-s-gone-wrong-full-movie-free-online-watch/ad_9aefefac-42fd-11ec-8e8e-9b11a8a8575b.html

The company announced last week that the Food and Drug Administration needed more time to decide whether to authorize its two-dose vaccine for use in children ages 12 to 17 as the agency looks into reports of myocarditis, or the inflammation of the heart muscle.

Reported cases of the rare heart inflammation in men under age 30 are relatively higher after Moderna’s vaccine compared with those who received the shots made by Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Burton told reporters on a call Thursday.
Burton cited data from France on males ages 12 to 29. It showed there were 13.3 cases of myocarditis per 100,000 people for Moderna’s vaccine compared with 2.7 cases per 100,000 people for the Pfizer vaccine.

However, he also touted data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed the rates of mild or severe disease from Covid were lower in Moderna recipients than in those who received Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. It also showed unvaccinated people have an elevenfold increased risk of dying compared with those who have gotten the shots.

“While I think health authorities are carefully assessing the data, being appropriately cautious, you can see that they continue to recommend the use of the mRNA-1273 Moderna vaccine,” he said on the call. “We believe that the balance of benefit and risk is extremely positive,” he added.

More than 71 million Americans are fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, according to data compiled by the CDC.

Europe approved Moderna’s vaccine for use in adolescents in July. However, some countries, such as Finland and Sweden, have since paused the vaccine’s use in people 30 and younger due to concerns about myocarditis.

Scientists are still trying to figure out why young men experience the heart condition after vaccination, but some hypothesize hormones may play a role, specifically testosterone, as well as the fact that Moderna’s vaccine uses a higher dosage of mRNA than Pfizer’s, Burton said.

“I do think this hypothesis of testosterone is important,” Burton said. “We know that there is indeed some inflammation associated with testosterone. … We do have in the primary series, as you know, 100 micrograms of mRNA, so we have slightly higher levels of spike protein, and that could be a contributing factor as well.”
Four days after his initial comments following his positive COVID-19 test, Aaron Rodgers returned to “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback said he’s had time to reflect on his Friday comments and acknowledged how his characterization of being “immunized” in August could be perceived as misleading.

“I understand that people are suffering, and this has been a really difficult time for the last two years on so many people,” Rodgers said. “I think we all know individuals who have lost their lives personally, people who have lost their businesses, their livelihoods, their way of life has been altered completely, and I empathize with those things. And I also know how sports can be a connector and bring people together in times of adversity, and I do realize that I am a role model to a lot of people.

“So I just want to start off the show acknowledging that I made some comments that people might have felt were misleading. To anybody who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments. I’m excited about feeling better and I’m excited about moving forward and hopefully getting back with my team and getting back to doing what I do best, and that’s playing ball. It’s been tough to be away from it. I’ve been obviously dealing with the COVID and I feel like I’m on the other side of it thankfully, and thankful to still be able to have something to look forward to, hopefully.”

Rodgers said he isn’t worried about the negative opinion some have following his Friday comments, in which he explained his decision to not be vaccinated against COVID-19, decried “cancel culture” and said that he was in the “crosshairs of the woke mob.”

“I think first if you find your identity in yourself and you don’t find your identity in the opinions of others, then you don’t need that validation and that love from other people,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “You can get it from yourself. That’s not being selfish, that’s just learning in a healthy way (to) love yourself and respect yourself and believe in yourself. I definitely was tested, you know, by some of the comments that I heard and saw. I’m human. Stuff can definitely hurt your feelings.

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“Look, I shared an opinion that is polarizing, I get it, and I misled some people about my status, which I’ve taken full responsibility of, those comments. But in the end, I have to stay true to who I am and what I’m about, and I stand behind the things that I said. I have a ton of empathy who have been going through the worst part of this pandemic, which has affected all of us in different ways, with so many people, like I’ve said, with lives that were lost, lives that were forever changed, and I have a ton of compassion, empathy for those people, and I’ve tried to help out as much as I can.

“The other stuff is so out of my control, and there’s going to be people that don’t like you and hate you for things you said or might not even understand what you said or know what you said — it might just (be) a headline — and that’s fine. I believe that people are entitled to their opinion and even it’s a thing that’s unfavorable of me. But I’m going to continue to try and be the best version of me moving forward and I’m excited about getting back on the field as soon as possible.”
The NFL is currently looking into COVID-19 protocol enforcement within the Packers organization. Rodgers has been seen throughout the season maskless during news conferences, which take place indoors at the Packers’ facilities.
Burton said the company has not seen any cases of myocarditis in those who received its booster shot, which is half the dosage of its primary series of shots. He said the company will continue to monitor for cases. The reported cases of myocarditis are generally mild with symptoms usually resolving on their own, he said.
A Houston-area woman has regained the ability to taste a year after contracting COVID-19 and believes that her chiropractor was key to regaining her senses.

Mariana Duque had given up hope of tasting her food again, and her doctors had also given up hope on it, Fox affiliate KIVI-TV reported.

“It was super frustrating. I actually cried multiple times over it,” she told the news outlet. “I had to follow up and call them and say, even with all the medications that you guys put me on and the CT scan, nothing has helped. They told me that there’s nothing else they can do, you just have to wait.”
A visit to a chiropractor for a lower back adjustment on the advice of her mother changed everything, she said. Dr. Ashley Price, of Price Health & Wellness in the Houston suburb of The Woodlands, said her fellow chiropractors have seen similar results.

“It’s so amazing and we’ve heard from a lot of other chiropractors in the community that they’ve been having this response, you know, people getting their taste and their smell back after an adjustment and we learned in school you know that the cranial nerves, the nervous system controls everything,” she told the station. “With an atlas adjustment with the adjusting the first bone in the neck we can see amazing things, vision come back, hearing come back, but I never thought in a million years that I would be seeing so many patients get their taste and smell back.”

“Basically, you have twelve sets of cranial nerves that exit the brainstem, and they supply the head, the face, the shoulders,” she added.

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