A top US public health official said on April 19 that the country was reviewing reports of potentially serious side effects in people who had been vaccinated. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines, in addition to cases of adverse reactions leading to discontinuation of the vaccine.
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US health regulators called for a halt to J&J vaccines last week due to reports of severe blood clots in the brain region in six women under the age of 50 who received the vaccine vaccines J&J. Approximately 7 million people in the US are currently vaccinated.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) USA Rochelle Walensky said on April 19: “It is not a large percentage but we are working to find out what will happen. “.
She added that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is monitoring the US government database for more reports of side effects. Ms. Walensky did not provide any details about the additional side effects.
An advisory committee for the CDC will meet on April 23 to review data on serious side effects and make recommendations on whether the US should continue to use J&J vaccines.
Public health experts have made predictions about the possible reuse of this vaccine, but only after health care providers have been explicitly instructed on how to recognize and what to expect. Treating blood clots may appear as a rare vaccine side effect.
Increased production of J & J’s COVID-19 vaccine may be slower than initially planned. The FDA delayed licensing a J&J large-scale vaccine plant in the US as its flaws destroyed millions of doses last month.
On April 19, White House adviser for COVID-19 Andy Slavitt made sure that the supply of vaccines was still plentiful and that the Americans could easily get vaccinated. More than 3 million doses of COVID-19 (a two-dose injection from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna) are administered in the United States every day.
More than 260 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been shipped to the United States and nearly 210 million people have been vaccinated, according to CDC data last updated on April 18.
Walensky said of the 84 million people fully vaccinated in the US, nearly 6,000 were infected with COVID-19 more than two weeks after the full dose. Of those, nearly 400 people were hospitalized and about 75 died, according to CDC data.