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The Johnson & Johnson pause hit just as the country needs to reach out to more Americans

The Johnson & Johnson pause hit just as the country needs to reach out to more Americans

Homebound with severe lung disease, 77-year-old Pat Dunaj worked her phone and the Internet until she secured a promise from the county health department to come to her door with a shot of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine last week.Federal officials then , followed by the inevitable call from the county that Dunaj’s April 13 vaccination had been canceled.“They wouldn’t give it to me. They didn’t know what to do. So they erred on the side of caution,” said Dunaj, who lives in Livingston County, Mich.Now, the plan is to vaccinate her Friday with a dose of Moderna vaccine, though that will mean...

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Why Biden health officials decided to pause J&J’s coronavirus vaccine

Why Biden health officials decided to pause J&J’s coronavirus vaccine

When top Biden administration health officials gathered on a Zoom call Monday night, they knew they faced a difficult decision. Six women in the United States had developed extremely rare but potentially after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — a problem with disturbing parallels to the one in Europe linked to Initially, some suggested the government could just issue a warning to consumers and doctors. They didn’t want to undermine confidence in vaccines given the danger of covid-19. But as they talked, two big worries emerged. They feared there might be additional cases of brain blood...

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CDC vaccine advisers seek more data on rare blood clots before deciding whether to resume Johnson & Johnson shots

CDC vaccine advisers seek more data on rare blood clots before deciding whether to resume Johnson & Johnson shots

A federal vaccine advisory committee said Wednesday it wanted more data before deciding whether to resume use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, leaving in place a pause that federal officials had recommended because of aidentified so far among six of the 7.5 million people who received the shot.The move means the single-shot Johnson & Johnson product will remain on the shelf for at least a week.At a hastily arranged emergency meeting a day after federal officials recommended a pause in use of the vaccine, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed to reconvene within 10...

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FDA, CDC call for pause in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after ‘extremely rare’ cases of blood clots

FDA, CDC call for pause in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after ‘extremely rare’ cases of blood clots

Please NoteThe Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. Federal health officials on Tuesday called for a pause in the use of the , saying they are reviewing reports of six U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot among more than 7 million people who received the shot.The drugmaker said the blood clot cases are also being investigated by European health authorities, and the company is delaying the rollout of the vaccine there.“I’d like to stress these events appear to be extremely rare. However, covid-19 vaccine safety is a top...

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CDC ramps up scrutiny of rare post-vaccination ‘breakthrough infections’

CDC ramps up scrutiny of rare post-vaccination ‘breakthrough infections’

As tens of millions of people in the United States reach the vaccination finish line, a small fraction have had “breakthrough infections,” testing positive for the virus after being inoculated and in rare cases requiring hospitalization, according to data from state health departments.The precise number of these breakthrough cases is unknown, but figures released by states suggest it is at least several thousand. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has had a team monitoring breakthrough infections since February, has partial data but has not made it public.These cases...

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Fully vaccinated people are at low-risk from travel, CDC says

Fully vaccinated people are at low-risk from travel, CDC says

ADPlease NoteThe Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. Federal health officials said fully vaccinated people may travel as evidence mounts of the shots’ effectiveness at helping to protect against infections and their spread.But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that even though fully vaccinated individuals are at lower risk of infection, travel is still not recommended due to the rising number of cases in the United States and globally.The is still welcome news for the growing number of vaccinated adults who want greater...

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As coronavirus infections and vaccinations surge, hope collides with dread

As coronavirus infections and vaccinations surge, hope collides with dread

ADWhen Laura Forman arrived at work a few weeks ago, something was missing. The refrigerated truck for bodies that had overflowed Kent Hospital’s morgue during the covid-19 surge was gone.“Coming up to the hospital and seeing that space where it had been, I cried,” said Forman, the physician who heads the Warwick, R.I., hospital’s emergency department. “It was the most powerful symbol of hope.”But this week, hope gave way, yet again, to concern. The number of coronavirus infections is — in Rhode Island and across the nation. It is clouding the success of the and the welcome announcement...

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Biden, companies working to develop 'vaccine passports.' It won't be easy

Biden, companies working to develop 'vaccine passports.' It won't be easy

Copyright © 2021, The San Diego Union-Tribune | |AdvertisementIt took San Diego firefighters about an hour and a half to get the upper hand on the fireThe crash happened about 12:40 p.m. Sunday at an intersectionThe San Diego landmark has become a temporary facility to hold unaccompanied migrant children in custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement.The controversial encampment near Oceanside Boulevard and Interstate 5 has grown in recent weeksCalifornia Highway Patrol officers spotted shooting while searching for a wrong-way driverThe...

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‘Vaccine passports’ are on the way, but developing them won’t be easy

‘Vaccine passports’ are on the way, but developing them won’t be easy

ADThe Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials — often referred to as “vaccine passports” — that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen.The effort has gained momentum amid President Biden’s pledge that the nation will start to regain this summer and with a growing number of companies — from cruise lines to sports teams — saying they will require proof of vaccination before opening their doors again.The administration’s initiative has been driven largely...

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Federal agencies lift pause on use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, saying benefits outweigh risks

Federal agencies lift pause on use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, saying benefits outweigh risks

Federal health officials lifted a pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Friday night after an extensive safety review by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.The officials said the benefits of the single-shot vaccine far outweigh the risks from a rare and severe type of blood clot.The decision to lift the pause allows state and local officials to resume immediately giving the vaccine they have available on shelves, CDC officials said. The FDA has updated patient and health-care provider fact sheets for use as early as Saturday, and...

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