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US officials recommend halting use of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

Specialists are reviewing data on possible connection between the use of the vaccine and formation of blood clots

MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Department of Health and Human Services have recommended halting the use of a vaccine against coronavirus by Johnson & Johnson, according to the FDA’s Twitter post.

"We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution," the statement said.

It is noted that the agencies are reviewing data on six cases of formation of blood clots recorded in the country after receiving the vaccine by Johnson & Johnson. "Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare," the statement emphasized.

On Tuesday, the CDC and the FDA stated that they take reports on formation of blood clots after administration of vaccines against COVID-19 by Johnson & Johnson seriously. Earlier, CNN, citing European sources, reported four known cases of formation of unusual blood clots after inoculation with this vaccine.