The United Kingdom’s drug regulation agency added a rare nerve disorder to the list of potential side effects associated with COVID-19 vaccines.
The group claims the injections from AstraZenica and Pfizer led to the development of Guillain-Barre Syndrome — a disease that could cause paralysis — in more than 400 people.
“Following the most recent review of the available data the evidence of a possible association has strengthened,” a press release from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency stated.
“Therefore, following advice from the government’s independent advisory body, the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) and its COVID-19 Vaccines Benefit Risk Expert Working Group, the product information for the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca was further updated to include GBS in the tabulated list of adverse reactions associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and to encourage healthcare professionals and the public to look out for signs of GBS.”
“The agency said it received 432 reports of GBS possibly related to the AstraZenica vaccine, and 26 reports of a similar condition called Miller Fisher Syndrome. The Pfizer vaccine had 59 reports of GBS,” reports Yahoo News.