COVID-19: US halts Johnson & Johnson vaccine after rare blood clots.

The US has halted the administration of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine due to concerns it may lead to rare cases of blood clots. The Centre for Disease Control and the Food and Drugs Administration recommended to stop using the vaccine after six cases were found in the US of a severe and rare type of blood clot in those who had taken the jab.

Almost seven million people have been inoculated with the vaccine so far, meaning cases of blood clots are limited. US regulators are now reviewing the Johnson and Johnson vaccine though have stressed any adverse side effects are extremely rare. Mass vaccination sites have now stopped administering the jab until authorities have assessed the cases of blood clots. The European Medicines Agency are also reviewing the jab, whilst British regulators are yet to approve the vaccine. Johnson and Johnson have released a statement saying they would delay the delivery of their vaccine to Europe whilst authorities review the inoculation and that public health is their number one priority.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine requires only one dose, unlike the Pfizer and Moderna jabs which both need two shots.

The news comes as several European countries including the UK have recommended against the use of the AstraZeneca jab in young adults after it was also linked with rare cases of blood clots. In the UK those under 30 will be offered an alternative vaccine though people can still choose to have the AstraZeneca jab.

Read more: FDA and CDC pause Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine after 6 out of almost 7 million had rare blood clots and one died - www.the-sun.com/news/2691591/fda-pause-johnson-johnson-vaccine-blood-clots-investigated/

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