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“We really don’t see any real basis” for pilots’ concerns about Vax

White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday officials “don’t really see any real basis” for airline pilots’ concerns about receiving the coronavirus vaccine.

A transcript is as follows:

JOURNALIST: Commercial airline pilots are required to meet fairly high fitness standards. They undergo a medical evaluation every six months to maintain their medical certificate for flying. Pilots from American and Southwest, in particular, say they are reluctant to get vaccinated because of potential side effects on their late career. They note that the FAA warned pilots not to fly 48 hours after firing due to immediate side effects. There are concerns that there are long-term side effects that could cause them to lose their medical certificate and thus lose their jobs. Is this a valid concern?

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: By now, based on the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of vaccinations that we have had, the safety of these vaccines has been clearly established. When you look at the immediate reactogenicity, that’s what the airlines are talking about not making a person fly for about 24-48 hours afterwards, because we know that it’s not uncommon to have a sore arm or a pain. mild fever or body aches which almost invariably subside and dissipate over a period of a few days. The long-term effects that people seemingly worry about – I’m sure there is a very, very, very, very rare exception – but the long-term effects are essentially nonexistent. … We don’t really see any real basis for this concern.