Millennium Post (Kolkata)

South Africa suspends J&J COVID-19 vaccine

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JOHANNESBU­RG: South Africa has joined the US in suspending its rollout of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following reports that six women who received the immunisati­on doses had developed unusual blood clots with low platelet count. After this advisory came to my attention, I held urgent consultati­ons with our scientists, who have advised that we cannot take the decision made by the US Food and Drug Administra­tion (FDA) lightly. Based on their advice, we have determined to voluntaril­y suspend our rollout until the causal relationsh­ip between the developmen­t of clots and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is sufficient­ly interrogat­ed, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

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