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FDA and CDC call for ‘pause’ on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

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FDA and CDC call for ‘pause’ on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after blood clot reports

 

The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

“I’d like to stress these events appear to be extremely rare. However COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority,” FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock said at a news conference. “We expect it to be a matter of days for this pause.”

A CDC committee will meet Wednesday to discuss the cases and the FDA has also launched an investigation into the cause of the clots and low platelet counts.