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Higher risk of Bell’s Palsy after Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine — study

/ 10:15 AM August 17, 2021
 A healthcare worker prepares a dose of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 5, 2021.

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker prepares a dose of China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine for the coronavirus disease in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Risk of Bell’s Palsy, a type of facial paralysis, is higher after the first dose of Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

“The beneficial and protective effects of the inactivated COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risk of this generally self-limiting adverse event,” the study mentioned.

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The study conducted in more than 451,000 individuals showed 28 clinically confirmed cases of Bell’s Palsy following CoronaVac, compared to 16 cases following Pfizer/BioNtech’s vaccine.

“Our findings suggest an overall increased risk of Bell’s palsy after CoronaVac vaccination,” according to the study.

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The study performed in Hong Kong assessed the risk of the adverse event within 42 days following vaccination.

Sinovac did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

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