Trump slams Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine pause, claims ‘perhaps it’s the FDA’s love for Pfizer’


Former President Donald Trump slammed health officials Tuesday for halting Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine amid blood clot concerns — and dredged up an old election conspiracy as a possible reason for the pause. “The results of this vaccine have been extraordinary but now (its) reputation will be permanently challenged,” Trump said in an emailed statement. The former president urged the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to end the pause as soon as possible. He predicted that those who already received the J&J shot would be “up in arms.” The FDA and CDC recommended suspending the J&J shot earlier Tuesday to investigate reports of rare “stroke-like illnesses” in six women who received the vaccine. One of the women died and another was hospitalized in critical condition.

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