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Doctors in Singapore urge expert committee on Covid-19 vaccination to stop vaccine drive for school boys: Media report


A group of doctors, including cardiologists, in Singapore called for a national committee of experts COVID-19 Sunday’s media report said the vaccination will stop vaccinating about 200,000 schoolchildren following the death of a 13-year-old student in the United States following a shot.

In an open letter that was posted on Facebook On Saturday, cardiologist Dr. Ho Kwang Po and spoke to the chairman of the expert committee, Professor Benjamin Ong, doctors said vaccinations should be temporarily delayed until CDC and other organizations around the world provide more reliable and convincing data on the case. Reported by The Straits Times.

On Thursday, US media reported that a boy from Saginaw County, Michigan, died three days after receiving a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, presumably from heart failure.

It is not known what vaccine he received.

The Saginaw County Health Department said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating whether there is a link between vaccinations and the boy’s death.

“This is very important because our mRNA (vaccination) program for boys is massive… one of the most aggressive programs in the world,” Dr. Ho wrote in a Facebook post.

“In the letter, doctors urged to temporarily postpone vaccinations in Singapore until the CDC and other organizations around the world provide more reliable and convincing data on the case,” he said.

“The letter from the group of doctors was published amid parental concerns about mRNA vaccines, including the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, after data on myocarditis in healthy young men were published here,” he said.

According to the report, as of June 11, four out of six cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart) among those vaccinated here were men between the ages of 18 and 30.

All four reported symptoms of heart inflammation within days of receiving the second dose of the vaccine and have since recovered.

In the letter, doctors ask if the committee can take a more reasonable and prudent position and conduct a proper medical investigation into the matter.

“Is it possible to take a more reasonable and calculating posture? Can we give the CDC (and other organizations) more time to investigate and provide us with high quality data on the possible fatal consequences of mRNA vaccination in young people? “, – the letter says.

The letter was signed by Dr. Ho, Dr. Wong Wui Ming, a cardiologist and cardiologist from WM Wong Cardiology and Medical Clinic at Gleneagles Hospital, Dr. AM Chia, Dr. LW Ping and Dr. IW Yang, “on behalf of many stakeholders. pediatricians, primary care physicians, specialists, surgeons and general practitioners. “

The message says that when asked whether it would consider the proposals contained in the letter, the Ministry of Health declined to answer.

Vaccination for COVID-19 in Singapore is currently voluntary, although the government urges people to get vaccinated if they are eligible.

The Expert Committee has previously stated that while further research and research is ongoing, currently available evidence suggests that there may be a very small risk of myocarditis and pericarditis after a second dose of mRNA vaccine.

In most cases, patients are mild, patients recover without significant intervention, and do not suffer from any long-term consequences.

He added that in severe cases, damage to the heart muscle can occur, although this is very rare.
The assessment was that the benefits of mRNA vaccines – reducing COVID-19 infections and less serious complications even if infected – still outweigh the risks.

The U.S. Vaccine Side Effect Reporting System has confirmed 393 reports of myocarditis or pericarditis, with more than 318 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the U.S. up to last Monday. Most of the cases were in male adolescents and young adults.

While some required hospitalization, most have cleared their symptoms, the CDC said.

Meanwhile, another online petition has also surfaced calling for a suspension of vaccinations in Singapore for those under 30, especially children between the ages of 12 and 15.
The petition, allegedly initiated by a number of concerned parents, had collected more than 1,200 signatures as of Sunday afternoon.

The petition, addressed to Health Minister Ong Ye Gun and the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19, also mentions the death of a 13-year-old in the United States and proposes to temporarily suspend vaccinations until new data from the Ministry of Health becomes available. USA are available.

It notes that most young people have already received the first dose, which provides about 75% protection against COVID-19.

Until Thursday, about 83 percent of students aged 12 and over had received one shot or registered an interest in getting vaccinated.

The report said the rate was 39 percent for children aged 12 to 39.

“Wouldn’t that be sufficient protection while we await the results of the investigation before proceeding with the second dose?” the petition asks.

Singapore reported 62,544 cases by Thursday coronavirus with a total of 36 deaths.



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