Slovenia has suspended the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the wake of massive protests after the death of a 20 year old woman.
Slovenia has suspended vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus jab while it probes the death of a 20-year-old woman, as thousands gathered to protest against vaccination in the small European Union nation.
The suspension will be in place until experts examine whether there is a link between the woman’s death from a stroke and the vaccine she received two weeks earlier, Health Minister Janez Poklukar said on Wednesday.
The one-dose jabs have grown in popularity in recent weeks in Slovenia after authorities widely introduced COVID passes, which will also be needed for going to work in all state-run firms.
The government has approved the purchase of an additional 100,000 J&J doses from Hungary in response to the growing demand.
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The woman’s death this week was the second serious case of adverse effects of the Johnson & Johnson jabs, which have been administered to about 120,000 people in Slovenia, the official STA news agency reported.
Still, the announcement is likely to fuel Wednesday’s protests planned in the capital, Ljubljana, against vaccination and coronavirus measures.
Previous similar protests have drawn thousands, and demonstrators recently clashed with police. Ahead of Wednesday’s rally, police put up metal fences and urged participants to remain calm.
Earlier this year, the COVID-19 vaccine maker Johnson & Johnson and others were set to pay $26 billion as settlement for causing the Opioid Epidemic.
The companies face thousands of lawsuits over the crisis, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said caused nearly 500,000 deaths between 1999 and 2019.
Johnson & Johnson is accused of pushing painkillers for excessive use and downplaying their addiction risks, while the distributors allegedly failed to do enough to stop the drugs flowing into illegal channels.
Johnson & Johnson agreed to a $230-million settlement with New York state.
Last year Johnson & Johnson was forced to stop selling its Cancer causing Baby Powder in the US and Canada following thousands of lawsuits.
Meanwhile, the ovarian cancer causing powder is widely being sold and used in India with the customers kept in dark about its harmful effects and the absence of effective government regulation.
The US Food and Drug Administration has warned that Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder where the immune system attacks the nervous system and can result in paralysis.
The US CDC and FDA lifted their recommended pause on use of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine with a condition that it will now include a safety label warning that its vaccine comes with blood clot risks.
German scientists have found out how the broken parts of Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines branded as Covishield in India mutate to trigger blood clots in recipients.
Scientists say the vaccine is sent into the cell nucleus instead of surrounding fluid, where parts of it break off and create mutated versions of themselves. The mutated versions then enter the body and trigger the blood clots.
Earlier, German scientists found the exact 2 step process how the COVID-19 vaccine causes blood clots in recipients. They describe a series of events that has to happen in the body before the vaccines create these large clots.