U.S. calls for pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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IslamNews – Injections of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine came to a sudden halt in much of the U.S. on Tuesday. Federal health agencies called for the pause after six recipients in the U.S., out of nearly seven million, developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination.

All six recipients were women between the ages of 18 and 48. One woman died and a second has been hospitalized in critical condition.

Several states including New York were following the recommendation to pause the vaccines, as well as the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chains, CVS and Walgreens. Johnson & Johnson said it would pause the rollout of its vaccine in Europe.

The vast majority of the U.S. vaccine supply comes from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, but the Biden administration had been counting on using hundreds of thousands of the Johnson & Johnson doses every week. The pause complicates its plan to vaccinate all 260 million adults in the country by the end of May. Officials now expect to be able to cover fewer than 230 million adults by that date.

Source: The New York Times