Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Australia rules out adding J&J vaccine


CANBERRA: The Australian government said Tuesday it had decided against buying the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Coronaviru­s vaccine and identified a second case of a rare blood clot likely linked to the AstraZenec­a shot.

The government had been in talks with the New Jerseybase­d pharmaceut­ical giant, which had asked the Australian regulator, Therapeuti­c Goods Administra­tion, for provisiona­l registrati­on.

But Health Minister Greg Hunt ruled out a J&J contract because its vaccine was similar to the AstraZenec­a product, which Australia had already contracted for 53.8 million doses.

Hunt said the government was following the advice of Australia's scientific and technical advisory group.

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