New potential side effect for AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines


May cause transverse myelitis

A new possible side effect has been reported for AstraZeneca vaccines and Johnson & Johnson which was in fact recognized by Coreper. Vaccine instruction leaflets will now list transverse myelitis, since very rare cases have occurred.

The possibility of these cases being due to the vaccine is a “reasonable possibility”, according to the EMA pharmacovigilance committee.

What is transverse myelitis?

It is a neurological condition associated with inflammation of the spinal cord. What can cause numbness or weakness of the limbs, dysfunction of the tight muscles of the urethra and anus and hypertension.

Coreper’s recommendation was based on data on transverse myelitis cases among vaccinated patients worldwide and on review of available literature.

The two vaccines are of the same technology.

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