Headline RoundupApril 23rd, 2021

CDC Panel Recommends Resuming Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Distribution

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A panel of experts advising the CDC voted Friday to recommend resuming distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot coronavirus vaccine, so long as the vaccine’s Emergency Use Authorization included a warning about “rare but clinically serious” blood clots. The vote comes 10 days after the CDC and FDA paused distribution “out of an abundance of caution” following 6 reports of severe blood clots out of over 7 million vaccine recipients. As of Friday, a total of 15 cases of clots had been reported, all of them in women, suggesting a rate of 7 per 1 million vaccinated among women ages 18 to 49. Outlets from across the spectrum covered this story, featured it prominently on homepages, and portrayed facts about the panel's decision in a mostly balanced manner.

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