Coronavirus live updates: Doctor has 1st known serious allergic reaction to Moderna vaccine


The doctor did have a history of allergies.

Last Updated: December 26, 2020, 11:12 AM ET

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 79.8 million people worldwide and killed over 1.7 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

An increasing number of children are being infected with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), according to a statement Saturday relased by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District.

“It is heartbreaking that every day, more than 14,000 Los Angeles County residents are testing positive for COVID-19. It is even more painful to see an increasing number of children being infected by MISC-C. There is a misconception that COVID-19 only impacts those who are older or those with underlying health conditions. At this point in the crisis, we can say for certain that COVID-19 causes severe consequences in people of all ages, including children, and even without underlying health conditions. In Los Angeles County, the Latinx community is bearing the brunt of COVID-19 and MISC-C cases,” the statement read.

There have been 51 total cases of MIS-C in children, including one child death. All 51 children with MIS-C were hospitalized and nearly 50% of the children were treated in the ICU. Of the children with MIS-C, 31% were under the age of 5 years old, 38% were between the ages of 5 and 11 years old, and 31% were between the ages of 12 and 20 years old. Latinx children account for nearly 73% of the reported cases, according to the statement.

Experts say the inflammatory syndrome, recently named by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), resembles toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease, itself a rare inflammatory disease typically affecting children under the age of five, and has the potential to be deadly.

-Matthew Fuhrman, Olivia Rubin, Soo Rin Kim

Madrid health officials confirmed Saturday that four cases of the new variant of COVID-19 already detected the U.K, have been discovered in Spain, Reuters reported.

The new variant has also been detected in Sweden after a traveler from Britain fell ill on arrival and tested positive for it, the Swedish Health Agency said on Saturday, according to Reuters.

“The employee received the Moderna vaccine Thursday and as is our standard practice was being observed post vaccination by trained nurses. He felt he was developing an allergic reaction and was allowed to self-administer his personal epi-pen. He was taken to the Emergency Department, evaluated, treated, observed and discharged. He is doing well today,” Boston Medical Center said in a statement to ABC News.

– Aaron Katersky

Despite health official warnings to stay home this holiday season, and while overall air travel is down nearly 60% from this time last year, the Transportation Security Administration’s numbers have jumped, showing more than 7 million people hitting the skies in the past seven days, according to a “Good Morning America” report Saturday.

Over 7.8 million travelers were screened by the TSA since last Friday, Dec. 18 — the busiest stretch of travel since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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