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Sweden to stop administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccine due to risk of heart inflammation Updated: 2021-10-07 17:07:36 KST

Sweden has stopped administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to younger men particularly those under 30.
According to Swedish health officials on Wednesday the reason is due to a risk of heart inflammation, such as myocarditis and pericarditis.
Pericarditis is the inflammation of the outer part of the heart. and Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart's muscles.
Sweden's health officials added that. it's rare to see these side effects but will stop administering the Moderna vaccine as a precautionary measure until new data is available.
In other parts of Europe with similar concerns over side effects, Denmark has decided not to give the Moderna jab to anyone under the age of 18.
Norway is yet to make its own decision about the Moderna vaccine but has urged men under 30 to get a Pfizer shot instead.

Meanwhile, in the United States the country is seeing a major drop in daily COVID-19 cases.
Over the last two months the figure has dropped to below 100-thousand
and deaths have dropped by 12 percent to around 18-hundred a day.
Experts say increasing vaccination rates across the country have helped adding that the fourth wave has come to an end.
However, the authorities are stressing that a fifth wave could occur over the winter months due to the flu season.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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