Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director, believes the data will show that the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks of rare side effects and poor outcomes from COVID-19 disease. The data will be presented at a CDC advisory panel meeting on heart inflammation in a small percentage of vaccinated teens and young adults on Wednesday.
I believe what we will see in tomorrow’s ACIP study is the danger of this relatively infrequent and generally mild disease in the context of the advantages of immunisation in terms of COVID-19, preventing severe disease, and preventing myocarditis. As it is a COVID-19 manifestation, and then, of course, averting death, which has also happened with COVID-19.The panel had scheduled an emergency meeting for June 18 but had postponed it due to the newly declared federal holiday Juneteenth. The decision was criticised for lacking urgency, but Walensky maintained the panel’s work did not cease because of the holiday.
Meanwhile, Walensky recommends that patients who are eligible for vaccination continue to receive both doses, especially in light of recent virus variants, such as the highly transmissible Delta form discovered in India. Dr. Anthony Fauci reported on Tuesday that the variation now accounts for more than 20% of sequenced samples.