European regulator to give recommendation on Johnson and Johnson jab

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A health worker prepares a vial of the Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus vaccine at Pop-up Covid-19 vaccination site set up in a Baseball stadium parking lot. Photo: Bruce Cotler/ZUMA Wire/dpa
A health worker prepares a vial of the Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus vaccine at Pop-up Covid-19 vaccination site set up in a Baseball stadium parking lot. Photo: Bruce Cotler/ZUMA Wire/dpa

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is due to issue a recommendation on the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccination against Covid-19, after reviewing very rare cases of unusual blood clots occurring in the United States following the jab.

Six cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) occurred in the United States, in most cases in combination with low levels of blood platelets.

A week ago, Johnson and Johnson had started shipping the vaccines to countries in the European Union. The company then called for the rollout to be delayed to give time for clarification.

However, the EMA said that the vaccine could be used without restriction and that the benefits of the jab in preventing Covid-19 outweighed the risks of side effects.

US regulatory authorities suspended use of the vaccine a week ago, after some 6.8 million people there had received the jab.

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