The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on Tuesday, Oct. 26, approved the emergency use of Pfizer’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for children aged five to 11. But during the eight-hour discussion, one doctor made a shocking admission: There was no way to guarantee how safe a vaccine is unless you start giving it to people.
Are vaccines really safe?
Six hours into the conference, Dr. Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, commented on how widespread the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine should be.
Rubin admitted that despite Big Pharma’s insistence that coronavirus vaccines are safe and that they are key to ending the pandemic, it’s impossible to find out how safe the vaccines are unless they’re administered first. He added that this is usually the case for vaccines and their many side effects and rare complications.
While data suggests that the vaccine works and is considered safe, Rubin acknowledged that doctors are worried about side effects that still haven’t been measured accurately – like the heart condition myocarditis.
A person with myocarditis has an inflamed myocardium or heart muscle (the muscular layer of the heart wall). This muscle is responsible for contracting and relaxing, and pumps blood in and out of the heart and to the rest of your body.
When the myocardium becomes inflamed, it becomes ineffective at pumping blood. The condition causes symptoms like an abnormal heartbeat, chest pain and breathing difficulty.