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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause: An Explainer, With Dr. Leana Wen

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Vials of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Reports of a rare adverse effect led the CDC and FDA to recommend pausing the use of the vaccine.

The esteemed public health expert discusses xwhat the pause in use of J & J's popular one-shot Janssen vaccine could mean for the mass vaccination drive.

Use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson is being put on hold, following six cases of blood clots that may be related to the vaccine. The FDA and CDC have recommended pausing the use of the J&J vaccine, a recommendation that the state of Maryland and the City of Baltimore have announced they will implement until further information about the potential risk of the vaccine is determined.

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Dr. Leana Wen
Dr. Leana Wen teaches public health at George Washington University.

To explain the significance of the J&J vaccine pause and what it could mean for the national and local vaccination programs, Dr. Leana Wen joins Tom on Skype. She is a visiting scholar at George Washington University's School of Public Health and the author of the forthcoming book, Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.

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