Too early to pause Janssen vaccine

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19 · 13-04-2021 15:13:00 · 4 Comments

The Minister of Health, Marta Temido, has said it is too early to comment on the recommendation issued today by the United States health authorities for a pause in the administration of Janssen's covid-19 vaccine.

“At this point it is premature to speak. That vaccine has not yet started in the territory of the European Union, we are receiving the first doses this week. The adverse effects are described, but in the risk-benefit balance we continue to know that the vaccine is our best weapon to combat this disease”, explained the minister.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting at Infarmed, in Lisbon, which brought together experts, members of the Government and the President of the Republic to assess the country's epidemiological situation, Marta Temido reiterated her “confidence in vaccines and in what is the role of authorities ”to successfully tackle the pandemic.

"[There may be] confidence in the regulatory authorities, be they European or other authorities, to continue to identify possible adverse reactions, to explain with transparency, and to proceed with what our vaccination plans are," she continued.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (US food and drug regulator) said in a joint statement that they were investigating blood clots detected in six women in the days after taking them the vaccine (single-dose) from this pharmaceutical company, in combination with reduced platelet counts.

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet on Wednesday to discuss the cases and the FDA has also launched an investigation. More than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine have already been administered in the United States.

The first 30 thousand doses of the vaccine of this pharmaceutical arrive in Portugal this week, and the country is expected to receive, still during the second quarter of this year, 1.25 million doses, of the total of 4.5 million doses that the country should have available throughout 2021.

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To Alice,

No, you take a vaccine for yourself. Please do not try to socialize medical interventions. Otherwise we sacrifice personal liberty and body integrity to the most risk adverse and tyrants.

If the vaccine works, then you are protected. If it doesn't, then you are not protected by anyone else taking vaccine.

I would also suggest you do more research based on your other comments of adverse reactions.

By Linda from Alentejo on 14-04-2021 12:42

If this truly was about health and safety, then any and all reports of adverse effects would be taken seriously and investigated. This is not happening. Ask yourself why.

By Niko from Lisbon on 14-04-2021 09:55

To Linda: the worst estimated risk of clothing I found in all the news is one per 100000, so 0.001%.

plus by taking vaccine we don't protect ourselves only.

By Alice from Algarve on 14-04-2021 07:55

Will the heath minister publish her 'Risk Benifit Balance' ?

Covid has an IFR of 0.15% for the overall population.

Verses experimental 'vaccines' with no long term studies.

It seems very clear to me which risk I would prefer.

By Linda from Alentejo on 13-04-2021 03:33
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