Moncef Slaoui, who is leading the Trump administration's COVID-19 vaccine programme Operation Warp Speed, said Tuesday that Pfizer's and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines are safe, with only 10% to 15% of volunteers reporting side effects that were "significantly noticeable," as reported MSN.
Those who suffered from side effects reported redness and pain at the injection site as well as fever, chills, muscle aches and headaches, Slaoui said, adding most people have no noticeable side effects.
"The longer, more important kind of adverse events such as some autoimmune disease or others have not been reported in a different way between the placebo group and the vaccine group in these two trials, which is very reassuring," he said.
While the long-term side effects are not well understood, Slaoui said it is important to get a vaccine deployed as soon as possible as the pandemic is "killing 2000 or more than 2000 people a day."
"These vaccines with 95% efficacy are an insurance against that," Slaoui noted, adding the vaccines have already been tested in more than 50,000 people.
"It will be very important for the most susceptible parts of our population get these vaccines. And we will be looking at the safety of these vaccines in real life through very elaborate ... processes and report on it on an ongoing basis," he said.
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