The CDC has postponed their emergency meeting on post-vaccination heart inflammation which was seen in mostly young people, because of a new federal holiday.
President Biden signed a law this week making June 19 a newly recognized holiday, Juneteenth. Shortly after, the CDC announced its June 18 meeting “will be rescheduled because of the observation of the Juneteenth National Independence Day holiday.”
A federal office revealed this week that the June 19 holiday falls on a Saturday, but the observation will take place on Friday.
The meeting, which was called an emergency when they unveiled it last week, will now be pushed to a virtual meeting on June 23 and June 25, the CDC reported.
The agency would not immediately respond to our request for comment.
CDC leaders planned to give the agency’s vaccine panel new information on pericarditis and myocarditis in patients who were vaccinated against coronavirus.
A CDC official informed members of the FDA vaccine committee on June 10th that over 800 reports of heart inflammation have been reported to the Vaccine Reporting System, a passive system managed jointly by the White House and the CDC.
This included 475 people who were 30 or younger, of which 226 were verified as coming under the CDC’s working definition.
The CDC’s got more criticism from some.
“Giant mistake. The director should be able to keep the meeting., Dr. Walid Gellad, professor at University of Pittsburg, said via Twitter.
“There are perception problems here that we should consider. Many folks are concerned about this possible” adverse reaction.
On Thursday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the CDC, told journalists in a meeting that their vaccine panel would meet the next day to look at data about the post-vaccination pericarditis and myocarditis reports.
“These cases are rare, and most of them have resolved with supportive care and rest. The CDC will give details about over 300 confirmed cases of pericarditis and myocarditis reported to us and the FDA among the over 20 million young people vaccinated in the country., she said.
Author: Scott Dowdy