Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: CDC expects decision on J&J vaccine in 10 days

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- After an emergency meeting, a CDC advisory board has decided against recommending a restart of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The experts on the board say they need more information about the rare blood clots that have been reported.

So far half a dozen patients have been identified out of the nearly seven million who were vaccinated with the J&J shot.

One of them, a 45-year-old from Virginia, has died. Officials say some of the women have pre-existing conditions but none known to cause blood clots.

The experts looking to see if there are any common factors linking the cases.

In a newly released statement, Johnson & Johnson said in part, "We continue to believe in the positive benefit-risk profile of our vaccine."

The CDC panel expects to make a decision on the vaccine in the next 10 days.

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The experts on the board say they need more information about the rare blood clots that have been reported. The CDC panel expects to make a decision on the vaccine in the next 10 days.

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