The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended pause on “six reported US cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot.”
“All six cases occurred in women aged 18 to 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination,” the agencies said in a joint statement.
While there is not yet a confirmed link between the single-dose shot and the clots, a federal official previously told CNN that health agencies are assessing the concerns.
“The CDC and the FDA are taking these concerns about blood clots and the J&J vaccine seriously and are diligently gathering the data,” the official said.
European authorities are also investigating reports of clots in several people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, although they have also warned that it is “currently not clear” whether there is a causal association between the vaccine and clots.
Tuesday’s developments come after a number of European countries limited the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to older age groups due to a possible link between that shot and blood clots.
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Q. If I observe Ramadan, will taking a Covid-19 vaccine interrupt my fast?
In the United States, the National Muslim Task Force on Covid-19 (NMTF) and the National Black Muslim COVID Coalition (NBMCC) issued a Ramadan advisory urging Muslims to continue to be vaccinated during the holy month. The notice was signed by 24 organizations from the Muslim community.
The three vaccines available in the United States – Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna – are halal and will not invalidate a fast, the organizations said in a joint press release.
In the UK, the British Islamic Medical Association has also recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine for Muslims.
During Ramadan, it is also customary for Muslims to gather for suhoor (the first meal of the day), iftar (the first meal after sunset) and taraweeh (common prayers every evening) with their friends and family. Health officials say this is possible if you’re fully immunized – as long as you keep your circle small and follow health protocols.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TODAY
Biden pushes back Michigan on vaccines as U.S. rollout in full swing
Whitmer is an ally of Biden and has made several calls to the White House for an increase in vaccines as cases rise dramatically in her state. This puts the administration in a delicate position as Michigan struggles to cope with the violent surge in cases.
The state has reported a total of 830,957 cases since the start of the pandemic. Biden’s team had enjoyed a smooth inoculation rollout overall, with half of American adults expected to have received at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of this week.
The Michigan crisis was triggered by variant B.1.1.7, which experts believe to be more contagious. The state has the second highest number of cases of the variant, behind Florida and followed by Minnesota and Massachusetts, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC director Rochelle Walensky said Michigan should impose a lockdown instead of increasing vaccinations. That probably won’t comfort Whitmer much.
Variant B.1.1.7 is more transmissible but does not increase disease severity, studies show
The results contradict separate research that previously suggested the variant may be linked to a higher risk of dying from Covid-19.
One of the studies, published Monday in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, found no evidence in a sample of hospital patients that the variant is associated with severe Covid-19.
The study included data on 496 people admitted to London hospitals and tested positive for the coronavirus.
The researchers found that the B.1.1.7 variant was associated with an increased viral load, confirming the growing evidence that it is easier to transmit.
The other study, published Monday in the Lancet Public Health journal, found no statistically significant association between the variant and the types or duration of symptoms of Covid-19 that people said they experienced.
Although the variant was first detected in Britain, it has since spread across Europe and the United States, where it has become the dominant strain of Covid-19.
CDC studies reveal racial and ethnic disparities in Covid-19 hospitalizations
Reports stress “the need to tackle health inequalities in our country, including in our vaccination efforts,” CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said on Monday during a White House briefing .
“These disparities were not caused by the pandemic, but they have certainly been exacerbated,” she added.
Walensky said the CDC was pushing for more vaccines to be administered in hard-hit communities and for increased funding to improve access and use of vaccines and for community health workers. The CDC is also seeking more funding for testing efforts in high-risk and underserved communities.
Walensky’s comments follow his statement last week that racism is a public health epidemic.
ON OUR RADAR
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned countries need a “reality check” on the state of the pandemic as many countries drop restrictions despite four weeks of rising mortality and seven weeks cases on the rise worldwide.
- Brazil sinks deeper into crisis as officials relax movement restrictions in major cities and states despite extremely high occupancy rates in intensive care units.
- Drugmaker Regeneron claims that a single injection of its cocktail of antibodies prevented symptomatic Covid-19 in people exposed to the virus, data from a phase 3 trial shows.
- The most contagious strain B.1.1.7 particularly hits young people in the United States. Doctors say many young adults suffer from unexpected complications from Covid-19.
- California has one of the worst vaccination disparities of its Latin American population compared to other states, despite a mandate that allocates 40% of vaccine doses to underserved communities.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
They’ve gotten used to people being at home most of the time, but now, with the Covid-19 vaccination, it’s time to prepare them for your return to normalcy – whatever that may be like after the pandemic . According to some animal experts, it will take time for animals to adjust.
If you are planning a return to the office, Dr. Douglas Kratt, President of the American Veterinary Medical Association, recommends that you start by leaving your pet home alone for two or three hours a day, so that they do not get caught. . off guard when you’re away eight hours or more a day.
And Dr. Dana Varble, chief veterinarian for the North American veterinary community, suggests pet owners try to maintain some of the habits formed during the pandemic, such as walking their dogs during their lunch breaks.
“Nearly 200 million Americans have received Covid-19 vaccines, and the discussion moves from deployment to consequences. Does anyone really know who is vaccinated?”
– Dr Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent