South Africa will discard about two million Johnson & Johnson vaccines after the U.S. FDA deemed them unsuitable for use. The administration believes the doses may have been manufactured with contaminated ingredients from a Baltimore facility.
FDA allowed two more batches of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine to dispatch but said because of the possibility of contamination, other batches should not be released. Additional batches are still under review.
Johnson & Johnson received approval from the FDA to extend the expiration date of vaccine doses by six weeks as the number of vaccines administered daily falls.
The CDC director for Africa said he is "optimistic the U.S. will lift its hold on 1.1 million J&J vaccines currently detained in South Africa. The doses were held following contamination concerns at a U.S. facility.
After contamination concerns at a U.S. factory, more than 1 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines are sitting unused in a South African pharmaceutical facility.
"Lisa developed severe headaches a week after receiving her AstraZeneca vaccine and fell seriously ill a few days later," Shaw's family said.
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The COVID-19 shot was removed from the country's vaccination program as investigations continue into its risks
Many of the 64 people who were affected reported either fainting or experiencing dizziness, while others became nauseous or vomited, and a few had racing hearts, chest pain or other symptoms.
There were 15 reported blood clots and one death from the single-dose vaccine, which made the federal government pause the vaccine to begin with.
Among the 8 million who received doses of the vaccine so far,15 cases of the disorder have been identified, resulting in at least one death.
The FDA released a report on Wednesday detailing troubling conditions at Baltimore's Emergent plant.
"Healthcare professionals and people who will receive the vaccine should be aware of the possibility of very rare cases of blood clots combined with low levels of blood platelets occurring within three weeks of vaccination," the European Medicines Agency said.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Wednesday that the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is an "affirmation that safety is a primary consideration."
Six cases of rare blood clots have been reported in individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the U.S., though a causal link has yet to be confirmed.
The vaccine's rollout has been paused in the U.S. as the CDC and FDA review six cases of rare blood clots.
Those who have already made appointments for the J&J vaccine should consider rescheduling options that may be available to them.
"If there were a clinical trial of this size with this data, the drug would be licensed with appropriate warning," the former Vermont governor stated Tuesday.
The FDA and CDC recommended pausing usage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a few cases of rare and serious blood clots were reported.
People online are sounding off with their thoughts to the FDA and CDC after the organizations announced investigations into 'rare and severe' reactions to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration called for a pause after six recipients of the vaccine developed a "rare and severe" type of blood clot.
The CDC and FDA have recommended a pause on the vaccine "out of an abundance of caution."
Nearly 7 million people in the United States have been given J&J COVID-19 vaccine so far. Six recipients developed a rare disorder.
Pediatric clinical trials need to be completed before the vaccines become available to young people.
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"[We] recognize that we are not always going to be the right voice or the right face for that message," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday.