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CDC announces potential 'safety concern' related to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and strokes

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Press release says 'the totality of the data currently suggests that it is very unlikely that the signal in VSD represents a true clinical risk'

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a "signal" related to whether there is a problem with ischemic stroke in individuals ages 65 and above who have had the updated Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 jab.

"Following the availability and use of the updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines, CDC’s Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), a near real-time surveillance system, met the statistical criteria to prompt additional investigation into whether there was a safety concern for ischemic stroke in people ages 65 and older who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent. Rapid-response investigation of the signal in the VSD raised a question of whether people 65 and older who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent were more likely to have an ischemic stroke in the 21 days following vaccination compared with days 22-44 following vaccination," a press release states.

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