Coronavirus News Update – April 13: U.S. Puts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine On Pause Amidst Blood Clotting Cases

By Anna Breuer on 13 April 2021
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson Jannsen single-dose vaccine after six recipients developed a rare blood clotting disorder within two weeks of receiving the vaccine. “We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the agency’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, said in a jointly issued statement. “Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare.”

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded over 137.5 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 2.96 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information.  In addition, 110.6 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 806 million doses, the equivalent of over 10 doses for every 100 people as of Tuesday morning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Tuesday, over 120.8 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 46.5% of the population over the age of 18 – almost 120 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including over 73.8 million people, or 28.6% of the same population, more than a quarter of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 22.3% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, a 0.4 percentage point increase over Monday.

A scientist in Israel said that the country may have achieved “a sort of herd immunity” by virtue of the fact that the number of new coronavirus cases has plummeted by 97%. Eran Siegel, a computational biologist at the Weizman Institute of Science said in a television interview on Channel 12 that the country could therefore safely ease further restrictions.

A senior Chinese official acknowledged the low effectiveness of the country’s coronavirus vaccines.  Gao Fu, the director of the country’s disease control center, said that China and other countries using Chinese vaccines might have to increase the dosage or the number of shots among other measures to compensate.

Health officials in New York City reported that two variants of the coronavirus, the U.K. variant B.1.1.7 and the mutation that first appeared in New York, B.1.526, make up 70% of cases recently analyzed in all five boroughs. The city continues to see between 3,000 and 4,000 new cases each day since February, with little signs of abating.

New York ended the state’s quarantine requirement for international travelers, although officials there recommended that arriving travelers nonetheless quarantine and then get tested three to five days after arrival.

Officials in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan said that 93% of the country’s inhabitants have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in under two weeks, following an inoculation campaign that only started on March 27. Over 472,000 people received vaccinations during this period.

Jesse Sokolow contributed reporting to this story.

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