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    Caution Must Be Used When Addressing Anti-Vaxxers As Frustrated Comments Will Just Drive The Very Gap We Are Trying To Bridge

    From GlobalData

    Following the news that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla called people who spread misinformation on COVID-19 vaccines ‘criminals’,

    Emily Martyn, MPH, Healthcare Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her view:

    “It is understandable that the pharmaceutical industry is frustrated, however, it is important to remember that the unvaccinated community, including anti-vaxxers, are also those who are at most risk. According to a recent study, up to 22% of the US population identify as anti-vaxxers. Labelling people that spread misinformation as criminals will not help the issue, as these communities do not see misinformation as ‘misinformation’, but as truth. If anything, frustrated comments will further drive the gap that needs to be bridged between anti-vaxxers and the pharmaceutical and healthcare communities.

    “When discussing anti-vaxxers and the spread of misinformation, we must be cautious with our language, no matter the language that is used against us. In the age of social media, it is too easy for quotes to be taken out of context. Individuals on the fence about getting a vaccine are looking for excuses not to, and we cannot afford to drive them away.”

    European Medicines Agency (EMA) reminded healthcare professionals and people receiving the vaccine to remain aware of the possibility of very rare cases of blood clots combined with low levels of blood platelets occurring within 2 weeks of vaccination. So far, most of the cases reported have occurred in women under 60 years of age within 2 weeks of vaccination. Based on the currently available evidence, specific risk factors have not been confirmed. The blood clots occurred in veins in the brain (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, CVST) and the abdomen (splanchnic vein thrombosis) and in arteries, together with low levels of blood platelets and sometimes bleeding. A total of 62 cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and 24 cases of splanchnic vein thrombosis were reported in the EU drug safety database as of 22 March 2021, 18 of which were fatal. The cases came mainly from spontaneous reporting systems of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the UK, where around 25 million people had received the vaccine.

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