For every thousand doses of vaccines there is one reported case of adverse reaction in Portugal | Covid-19

Nearly 8,500 suspected adverse reactions to vaccines against covid-19 were reported in Portugal, including 55 cases of death in the elderly, reveal data from Infarmed. “The cases of death occurred in a group with a median age of 78 years and do not necessarily presuppose the existence of a causal relationship with the administered vaccine, as they may also result from the normal patterns of morbidity and mortality of the Portuguese population”, he stresses o “Pharmacovigilance Report — Monitoring the Safety of Vaccines against covid-19 in Portugal”.

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Almost 6700 suspected adverse reactions to the vaccine, 60% without seriousness

Portugal registered almost 6700 suspected adverse reactions to vaccines against covid-19, the majority not serious and 41% serious but temporary. There were also 44 cases of death in elderly people with various diseases, but the cause-effect relationship was not demonstrated.

According to the latest report to the National Authority for Medicines and Health Products, by the end of May were notified 6995 adverse reactions, most (68.3%) referring to the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine (the most administered), with 4782 cases, followed by that of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), with 1509, that of Moderna, with 387, and that of Janssen, with 17 cases.

Infarmed stresses, however, that “notification within the scope of the National Pharmacovigilance System does not necessarily presuppose the existence of a causal relationship with the administered vaccine” and that vaccination against covid-19 “is the most effective public health intervention for reduce the number of cases of serious illness and death caused by this pandemic.”

Infarmed’s data indicate that for every 1000 doses administered, 1.24 were reported in the case of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), 1.21 in the case of Pfizer (Comirnaty), 0.74 referring to Modern e 0.16 to Janssen vaccine. In a total of 5,790,080 doses administered, Infarmed registered 44 notifications of death cases in the elderly with other comorbidities and in what the causal relationship is not demonstrated with the administered vaccine.

“The cases of death occurred in people with a median age of 81 years and do not necessarily presuppose the existence of a causal relationship with the administered vaccine, as they may also result from the normal patterns of morbidity and mortality of the Portuguese population”, he says. the National Medicines Authority.

40% of adverse reactions were severe but temporary

Of the reactions recorded, 3957 refer to non-serious cases (59.1%) and 2738 to severe cases (40.9%), says Infarmed, stressing that the majority (90%) of adverse drug reactions classified as serious refer to “cases of incapacity, mostly temporary”.

The majority of reactions reported to Infarmed were registered in women (4,712) and, by age group, the one with the most reports is from 30 to 49 years old.

The 10 most reported reactions refer to cases of injection site reaction (3250), muscle or joint pain (3007), headaches (1964), fever (1800), asthenia, weakness or fatigue (1123), nausea (773), tremors (687), ganglion changes/enlargement (569), erythema/eczema or rash (481) and paresthesias (400), ie tingling or stinging sensation.

In the report, Infarmed also recalls that most of the most reported adverse drug reactions are “in the common reactogenic profile of any vaccine” and that most of these reactions resolve “in a few hours or days, without the need for medical intervention, and leaving no sequels”.

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President and shock experts. Change the risk matrix or not

To change or not to change the risk matrix – that is the question. The President of the Republic and the experts present at another Infarmed meeting yesterday revealed themselves to be in opposite positions on this matter. The President wants changes, the experts advised against. The risk matrix is ​​the index composed of two values ​​- transmissibility index and pandemic incidence – that guides the Government’s decisions on confinement / de-confinement measures.

At yesterday’s meeting – the 21st since the pandemic arrived in Portugal – the President of the Republic, who participated by video conference from the Palace of Belém, warned today that there are other fundamental rights to defend, due to the poverty and bankruptcies resulting from the management health crisis, at a time when the health risks of covid-19 seem to be falling.

The head of state, who two days ago proposed a change in the risk matrix in view of the increasing immunity rate of the Portuguese population against covid-19, once again highlighted “the perception that risks are falling” and asked the question the “public legitimation of the adopted health indicators and criteria”. As he exemplified, “the incidence” of new cases of infection does not go down, “but the incidence in the National Health Service (SNS) and in the mortality numbers goes down” and that, “in terms of public legitimation, is very important and in terms of weighting too “.

“From the beginning, the Prime Minister and myself at Infarmed meetings, we drew attention to the problem faced by policy makers, and above all by the Government,” said the PR, stressing that whoever decides must “bear in mind the safeguarding of life and health “, on the one hand, and” economic and social costs “, on the other. “It is poverty, it is insolvency, it is bankruptcy: they are economic and social situations that affect people’s fundamental rights. It seems evident the primacy of the right to life and the right to health when it comes really to high risks of mortality and risks serious stress on the SNS. But it is no longer so evident, and requires a more careful consideration, when the perception is that these risks are decreasing “, he maintained.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed that “life tends to be an absolute value, and the right to health is a right that should take precedence over other rights, namely economic and social, in cases where this is evident in terms of life risk and of risk of stress in health structures “. But when those risks lessen, “it starts to be less evident”.

According to him, “there must be a total unity of political power” in the response to covid-19, but it is “increasingly necessary to explain to the public perception what is not evidence, it is less and less evidence, in terms of indicators for the purposes of weighting in the day-to-day decisions “. In his opinion, they will have to be “increasingly balanced decisions” as long as the current pandemic situation lasts and then when the disease becomes more localized.

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“Philadelphia”, a magazine to marry Church and politics

At the beginning of Philadelphia, there is a think tank (a “think tank”) created within the diocese of Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) to reflect on major current issues. Why not bring the fruits of this work to as many people as possible? Thus was born the “mook”, this annual review, rather chic and sober in its presentation, which deals with a theme on a total of 120 color, airy, illustrated and dynamic pages.

“We have the intuition that the word of Christians is addressed to the universal”, explains Father Bertrand Auville, parish priest of Vanves and adviser to the elected officials of Hauts-de-Seine. The initiative received the support of Mgr Matthieu Rougé, Bishop of Nanterre, and material assistance from the Sainte-Geneviève Foundation, while Éditions Première Partie – already editor of Limit as well as Jesus! – participate in this co-edition.

A ministerial casting

At the heart of this first issue of Philadelphia is the Republican motto – the name refers to “the love of the brothers.” Freedom, equality, fraternity: Bertrand Auville, in his editorial, regrets the weakening of the formula: “These words ring hollow. They have been erected as a slogan, they have been emptied of their meaning ”. On reading the review, the personal, but also collective and political meaning of the motto regains its richness, thanks to a cast as eclectic as it is impressive: footballer Blaise Matuidi, Dominican Adrien Candiard, Véronique Fayet, president of Secours Catholique , when it is not Victor Hugo and Charles Peguy, Madeleine Danielou or Marlène Schiappa.

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