By Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – A woman in Texas who received the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson (NYSE 🙂 was hospitalized after showing symptoms similar to those of six people who recently suffered from blood clots after taking the vaccine in the United States, a spokesperson for the Texas health agency said on Thursday
The incident comes as advisers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will meet on Friday to determine whether it is safe to resume injections of J & J’s COVID-19 vaccine and as senior officials in the Americans are preparing for a green light.
U.S. health agencies recommended suspending use of the single-injection J&J vaccine last week due to rare cases of blood clots in six of the estimated 7 million people who received the vaccine nationwide.
A spokesperson for the Texas State Department health services said the CDC informed the state agency of the incident on Wednesday and said it would not provide any additional information to protect the privacy of the patient.
“The patient is an adult female who was hospitalized after receiving the J&J vaccine with symptoms that appear to correspond to six cases reported elsewhere last week,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
The Austin American-Statesman newspaper, which first reported on the incident, said federal authorities were investigating the case.
“It’s important to remember that just because something is being reported doesn’t necessarily mean it was caused by or related to the vaccine,” said Imelda Garcia, associate commissioner with the infectious diseases division of Texas Health Agency. newspaper.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Tuesday it had found a possible link between J & J’s vaccine and rare blood clotting problems in adults who received doses in the United States, but said that the benefits of the single-dose vaccine outweighed its risks.
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