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CDC to Hold Emergency Meeting Over Rare Post-Vaccination Heart Inflammation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory committee plans to hold an emergency meeting this month to discuss the higher than expected reports of heart inflammation in young males following a second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The June 18 meeting will address the conditions that are very infrequent and have not been directly linked to the vaccines, the agency announced on June 10. The first portion of the meeting will feature an update on COVID-19 vaccine safety, including myocarditis cases seen after the administration of vaccines built on messenger RNA technology, according to the meeting agenda. Myocarditis is a rare disorder that leads to heart inflammation. Causes include the flu and COVID-19. Rates of myocarditis and a similar condition, pericarditis, for those between the ages of 16 and 24 are higher than the expected rate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disclosed in a meeting earlier …

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