US CDC seeks more data to assess vaccine risk, extends halt on Johnson & Johnson usage

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Having stopped the usage of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in all 50 US states the previous day, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extends the pause on the usage of the vaccine amid a lack of more data to assess the risk.

The CDC panel concludes without a vote and plans to identify a date for the next meeting related to pausing the J&J covid-19 vaccine by Friday, which aims to reconvene in a week to 10 days.

It should, however, be noted that CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, per New York Post, “Blood clots reported in recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are “similar” to the adverse reaction linked to AstraZeneca’s shot in Europe.”

Elsewhere, Novavax to participate in University of Oxford com-cov2 study comparing mixed covid-19 vaccine combos. The study will explore heterologous regimen of covid-19 vaccines from different manufacturers.

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