No connection between Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and Bell’s palsy, study finds

Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando.

A case-control study in Israel found no association between recent vaccination with the BNT162b2 vaccine from Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and BioNtech (NSDQ:BNTX) and facial nerve (Bell’s) palsy. JAMA published the study.

Clinical trials for Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines revealed numerical imbalances regarding peripheral facial nerve (Bell’s) palsy. In the former Phase 3 trial, which involved approximately 38,000 patients, four patients in the vaccine group developed Bell’s palsy while none in the placebo group did. FDA concluded in a briefing document that the four cases did not rise above the expected rate in the general population but recommended that health officials monitor mRNA vaccine recipients for Bell’s palsy.

To analyze whether the BNT162b2 vaccine resulted in an …

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