CDC Investigating Death of 13-Year-Old Who Suddenly Died After Second Coronavirus Shot

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Breitbart 05 July, 2021 - 01:15pm 55 views

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the death of a 13-year-old Michigan boy who died suddenly in his sleep two days after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.

Jacob Clynick received his second coronavirus shot on June 13, days after graduating from the eighth grade. His aunt, Tammy Burages, said he experienced typical symptoms, such as a fever and general fatigue. But on June 15, he complained of a stomachache, went to bed, and never woke up.

“He passed away in the middle of the night at home,” Burages said.

Now, there is an investigation into the cause of his death, as officials attempt to establish “whether there is a correlation between his death and vaccination,” according to Saginaw County Health Department medical director Dr. Delicia Pruitt and health officer Christina Harrington. In a joint statement, they confirmed the investigation is now “at the federal level with CDC.”

“Meanwhile, the health department continues to encourage families to speak with their physicians to weigh their own risks and benefits of vaccination,” they added.

Clynick’s family said the young teen had no underlying medical conditions, but according to the Detroit Free Press, “the family was told that preliminary autopsy findings suggest Jacob’s heart was enlarged when he died and there was fluid around his heart.”

However, the medical examiner would not confirm that to the outlet, verifying the investigation itself but offering no further details.

“It’s still an ongoing investigation,” Randy Pfau, director of operations for the Michigan Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, said. “I know the doctors are working on this case as a priority.”

It could be months before investigators identify an official cause of death.

“This is one of those things that I suspect they’re never going to really be able to say, ‘Oh, it was shot’ or ‘It wasn’t shot,'” Burages said.

“There must be something that makes certain kids more susceptible to having a serious heart reaction, and I think Jacob was one of those kids,” she continued.

“So whatever that serious thing was, whatever the underlying health issue was, is something maybe that the autopsy will tell us,” she said, adding, “Of course, it is going to be months down the road and a lot of other kids will get the shot before then, so it would be nice to know now.”

Last month, the CDC held an emergency meeting about rare cases of heart inflammation conditions developing in younger recipients, particularly men, after receiving the second dose of an mRNA vaccine. At the time, the federal agency reported 1,200 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis developing in young people after receiving the vaccine, most cases developing after the second dose.

As Breitbart News reported:

According to the CDC’s presentation slide, 267 cases of the heart inflammation condition developed after the first dose, with 827 cases developing after two doses as of June 11. The CDC categorized 132 additional cases where the dosage number is not certain.

The vast majority of the cases are developing in men under the age of 30.

Despite that, the CDC is continuing to urge parents to get their young children vaccinated, despite the “likely association” between Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines triggering cases of heart inflammation in younger individuals.

“Should I Still Get Myself or My Child Vaccinated?” the agency poses in a Q&A last updated June 23.

“Yes. CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older, given the risk of COVID-19 illness and related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death,” the agency answered.

“The known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis,” the federal agency continued, adding, “Also, most patients with myocarditis and pericarditis who received care responded well to treatment and rest and quickly felt better.”

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Data Shows COVID-19 Vaccine Effective In Adolescents

Sacramento Bee 05 July, 2021 - 07:18pm

Kiwis need a clear steer on our Covid exit strategy

Stuff.co.nz 05 July, 2021 - 07:18pm

Both administrations have started to chart a pathway out of the suppression/elimination strategy to a more liberating footing of managing the virus, post-vaccination.

The brushstrokes are broad, but where is our plan? Where is New Zealand’s broad strategy on re-engaging with the world, opening the borders and striving to tame this shape-shifting enemy?

Perpetuating our fortified existence any longer than is absolutely necessary is a gutless, self-defeating outlook.

Admittedly, there are still huge unknowns about this virus and its continuing evolution. Questions remain for example about “long Covid” and its insidious long-term outcomes.

But it’s beholden on the Ardern government to front-foot the task of laying out the roadmap on how and when the drawbridge on Fortress New Zealand will be steadily lowered again.

Any dramatic game-changers to our border control or virus response strategy won’t happen until we’ve achieved resoundingly high vaccination coverage, whether that be 80 per cent of the eligible population or higher.

Even determining what that trigger point is remains opens to conjecture, but will inevitably be scientifically determined in the coming months – as the Australian Prime Minister emphasised on Friday.

Unless you have a precluding medical condition, like anaphylaxis, refusing to roll up your sleeve for the Pfizer jab should be seen as economically and socially feckless.

Medsafe is tipped to approve a child vaccine in the coming months. Notably, Covid-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, has been at pains to say that everyone eligible for vaccination “will be offered that opportunity” before the end of the year.

At some point, restrictions will have to be eased regardless of the risks to the hold-outs, who hopefully will be miniscule in number. Our national interest and our thirst for global reconnection cannot be derailed by the anti-vaxxer wackos, nor the habitually aloof.

Hipkins has confirmed that no major border changes are likely until early next year, but where’s the appetite to be pragmatic and innovative? Canberra’s plan to pilot home quarantine in South Australia for vaccinated returnees is particularly impressive. Shouldn’t we be doing the same?

Singapore has been particularly bold with its exit strategy vision statement. “Covid-19 may never go away. The good news is that it is possible to live normally with it in our midst,” wrote the Trade, Finance and Health ministers in the Straits Times.

Post-vaccine, the city-state intends opening its borders while containing Covid-19, through rapid testing, surveillance and social responsibility. Those who do fall sick with Covid-19 will be allowed to recover at home – not forced into quarantine.

All manner of breakthrough treatments are undergoing clinical trials. Singapore is on track to have over two-thirds of its population fully vaccinated in early August, so it will have the jump on Australasia transitioning to a virus management footing, given our markedly slower vaccine stroll-out.

But Singapore is yet to flesh out a specified timetable. The ministers have only announced they’re “drawing up a road map to transit to this new normal”.

Australia also envisages eventually handling Covid-19 like seasonal flu, with only hospitalisation and fatality rates officially counted and booster shots likely. Under Scott Morrison’s framework, Phase Three would see all lockdown measures abolished and a gradual opening of the borders, hopefully in 2022.

The final phase would herald a return to pre-pandemic travel and life.

Otago University’s Professor Michael Baker tells me there are huge uncertainties and “the optimal endgame for Covid-19 is still not clear”.

Post-vaccine, should New Zealand continue pursuing an elimination strategy or transit to mitigation? “A variety of scenarios are being actively considered by officials.”

Pleasingly, Baker believes quarantine-free travel to and from New Zealand for fully vaccinated travellers “could potentially be reached in 2022”. Effective, approved vaccines are crucial, and it’s quite conceivable that the inferior efficacy rates of vaccines like Sinovac or Sinopharm won’t pass muster with vaccine passports.

The Ardern government’s record on delivery is dismal. But dragging the chain on sharing New Zealand’s exit strategy shouldn’t be tolerated. Kiwis deserve a clear steer. Give us hope, give us confidence. Show us the pathway out.

Investigation after teen dies three days after second Covid shot

Daily Mail 05 July, 2021 - 07:06am

By Charlotte Mitchell For Mailonline

A 13-year-old from Michigan has died in his sleep three days after receiving his second coronavirus vaccine, prompting an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control.

Jacob Clynick, a healthy boy with no underlying conditions, received his second shot of the Pfizer vaccine at Walgreens in Zilwaukee on June 13, according to his aunt Tammy Burages.

She told The Detroit Free Press that the only side effects Jacob had experienced from the vaccine were fatigue and fever, which are considered normal.

He complained of a stomach ache on June 15 and went to bed, where he died in his sleep, Burages said.

An autopsy was performed but Jacob's official cause of death has yet to be determined. 

It comes amid a growing international debate over whether children should be vaccinated against coronavirus after a CDC advisory group said there is a 'likely link' between cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults, and the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Jacob Clynick, a healthy boy with no underlying conditions, received his second shot of the Pfizer vaccine at Walgreens in Zilwaukee on June 13, according to his aunt

'If there are factors that can make it riskier for some kids (to get a vaccine), I hope health officials can figure out what those are,' Burages said.  

Jacob was a student at Zilwaukee Elementary. An obituary described him as having been 'a faithful and active member of the church youth group for many years.'

He also had a love for gaming and Pokémon and was known for his sense of humor.   

Jacob's death is now being investigated by the CDC. 

'The investigation as to whether there is a correlation between his death and vaccination is now at the federal level with CDC,' the Saginaw County Health Department Medical Director said in a statement to the Free Press.

The statement added that the health department 'continues to encourage families to speak with their physicians to weigh their own risks and benefits of vaccination'.

Burages said Jacob's family were told that preliminary autopsy findings suggest his heart was enlarged and had fluid around it when he died.

The Michigan Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, which performed the autopsy on contract with the Saginaw County medical examiner, declined to confirm preliminary findings to the Free Press, citing the ongoing CDC investigation. 

He said the investigation could take three to five months to complete.  

Jacob's death comes a month after the CDC reported 'relatively few' instances of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, among younger people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Most cases were minor.

This type of heart inflammation can be caused by a variety of infections, including a bout of COVID-19, as well as certain medications. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics said the condition was 'an extremely rare side effect' and that most people normally recover without needing treatment. 

The young boy's death comes a month after the CDC reported 'relatively few' instances of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, among younger people who received the Pfizer (pictured) or Moderna vaccines. Most cases were minor (file photo)

Last week, an advisory committee to the CDC said there was a 'likely association' between some 1,200 reports of heart inflammation and mRNA COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna. Most of the cases have been in boys and young men

It concluded that the vaccines' benefits greatly outweigh the potential risks. 

Following the CDC announcement, the US Food and Drug Administration said will add a warning to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

On Wednesday, Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE plan to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve their COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 11 and younger by fall.

The vaccine was authorized for emergency use by the FDA in late December 2020 for Americans aged 16 and older and in May 2021 for those aged 12 and older.  

An advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned there is a 'likely link' between rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults and the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

In a presentation released on June 23, the COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Work Group discussed nearly 500 reports of the heart inflammation, known as myocarditis, in vaccinated adults under age 30.

The group of doctors said the risk of myocarditis or pericarditis following vaccination with the mRNA-based shots in adolescents and young adults is notably higher after the second dose and in males. 

Since then, the CDC has said it's aware of more than 1,000 cases of heart inflammation in the US since April 2021, according to its website.  

As of June 11, there were 9.1 per million reported cases of myocarditis/pericarditis in females ages 12-to-17 compared to 66.7 per million in males of that age group.

What's more, rates among females ages 18-to-24 and ages 25-to-29 were 5.5 per million and 2.6 per million respectively.

Among males, rates were 56.3 per million for the 18-to-24 age group and 20.4 per million in the 25-to-29 group.

The CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical Work Group said on June 23 that there is a 'likely link' between rare heart inflammation and vaccines, especially after the second dose in adults under age 30

Young males were up to seven times more likely to report heart inflammation, known as myocarditis, than young women 

This type of heart inflammation can be caused by a variety of infections, including a bout of COVID-19, as well as certain medications. 

The CDC instructs people to look out for the following symptoms after vaccination: 

Pfizer, whose vaccine has been authorized for use in Americans as young as 12, previously said it had not observed a higher rate of heart inflammation than would normally be expected in the general population.

Moderna had said it could not identify a causal association with the heart inflammation cases and its vaccine.

Although health officials in Israel have also determined that there is likely a link between vaccination and the heart inflammation, concerns about the more infectious Indian 'Delta' variant have prompted the country to urge 12-to 15-year-olds get vaccinated.    

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