Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed concerns regarding myocarditis associated with COVID-19 vaccines.
According to Raw Story, on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, this discussion comes on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the newest shots from Moderna and Pfizer for the majority of Americans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also issued a recommendation for nearly all Americans to receive this latest vaccine, expected to be available within days.
During the Sunday interview, Dr. Fauci acknowledged the existence of a very low risk of myocarditis associated with these mRNA-based vaccines.
Myocarditis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the heart muscle, often caused by various infections in the body.
Symptoms can include chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations, though most cases resolve on their own, according to experts, including a cardiologist from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Fauci emphasized that the risk of myocarditis from the COVID-19 vaccines is minimal, particularly among young men.
He noted, “We have experience with this type of vaccine in billions of people. It’s a safe vaccine.
Of course, with the mRNA, there’s a very, very, very low risk, particularly in young men of getting myocarditis.
But if you look at the risk of myocarditis from COVID itself, it is greater than the risk of the vaccine.”
However, Dr. Fauci’s comments were quickly seized upon by some right-wing social media users, who accused him of finally admitting a link between COVID-19 vaccines and myocarditis.
The former adviser to President Donald Trump, Sebastian Gorka, posted on social media, “Fauci now admits the vaccine causes myocarditis,” adding, “Something that would have gotten you banned on Twitter if you said it a year ago.”
Similarly, @Catturd2, known as the “sh**posting King of MAGA Twitter” according to Rolling Stone, tweeted, “Prison now!!!” in response to Fauci’s remarks.
The Citizen Free Press, a conservative news aggregation site, also weighed in, stating, “Fauci now admits the Covid Vaccine causes Myocarditis. Twitter used to ban you for saying exactly this.”
Another user commented, “Fauci now admits Covid vaccines cause Myocarditis. This guy should be on trial for crimes against humanity.”
It is essential to clarify Dr. Fauci’s statements. He did acknowledge a minimal risk of myocarditis associated with the COVID-19 vaccines but stressed that this risk is exceedingly low, especially when compared to the risk of developing myocarditis as a result of a COVID-19 infection.
Myocarditis linked to COVID-19 vaccines has been a subject of study and monitoring by health authorities.
The CDC and FDA continue to closely monitor vaccine safety and encourage individuals to get vaccinated, as the benefits of vaccination in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 outweigh the minimal risks associated with these vaccines.
As the nation navigates the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to rely on credible sources and expert guidance to make informed decisions regarding vaccination.
Dr. Fauci’s statements reflect the latest scientific understanding of vaccine safety, emphasizing the overall safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in protecting public health.