COVID-19 Live Updates: One Dead, Another in Critical Condition Due to Blood Clots After J&J Vaccine
The global death toll from the coronavirus infection has topped 2.94 million; almost 136.3 million cases of the infection have been detected, according to Baltimore, Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media and other sources.
The US is still the most-affected nation amid the pandemic; over 31.3 million have been infected, and the death toll exceeds 562,000. Next is India, with over 13.5 million confirmed cases and more than 170,000 deaths; followed by Brazil, with 13.5 million confirmed cases and over 353,000 fatalities.
A number of European nations including the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Greece are taking tentative steps to ease lockdown measures, with national authorities allowing a number of non-essential facilities to reopen.
Norway’s Vaccination Campaign to Fall Back 8 to 12 Weeks Without AstraZeneca, J&J Vaccines
Norway’s vaccination campaign will fall 8 to 12 weeks behind the schedule if AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are suspended over safety concerns, Norwegian Institute of Public Health spokeswoman Line Vold stated on Tuesday.
Norway is expecting a shipment of one million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in June.
“If the doses do not arrive, it will affect the speed of vaccination. If both AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are not used, the vaccination campaign may be finished eight to twelve weeks later than planned, provided other vaccines are delivered as agreed,” Vold said at a briefing.
Earlier in the day, the US health agencies recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to concerns over rare blood-clotting issues. Following the statement, the company announced that it would delay its planned vaccine rollout in Europe.
The World Health Organization vowed to monitor the review data from the European Medicines Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration before reaching a conclusion on the safety of the vaccine.
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One dead, another in critical condition due to blood clots after J&J vaccine, #WhiteHouse says