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The Latest: EU plans Pfizer vaccine contract extension

Apr. 14, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS — The head of the European Union’s executive arm has announced plans for a major contract extension for COVID-19 vaccines with Pfizer stretching to 2023. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that the EU will start negotiating to...

Biden says pause on J&J shots shows gov't putting safety 1st

Apr. 14, 2021 00:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign hit a snag when federal regulators recommended a “pause” in administering Johnson & Johnson shots. But the White House portrayed the action as important validation of his measured approach throughout the...

Hawaii pauses J&J, but moving ahead with vaccine plan

Apr. 13, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health said Tuesday it will pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the state in accordance with U.S. recommendations, but officials say they are still on track to begin opening vaccinations to everyone over the age of 16 next...

Ohio college vaccination effort hits hurdle with J&J pause

Apr. 13, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor and health officials remained optimistic about the state's coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, even as providers and some college campuses suspended using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Tuesday while federal officials investigate reports of...

Biden says pause on J&J shots shows gov't putting safety 1st

Apr. 13, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign hit a snag Tuesday when federal regulators recommended a “pause” in administering Johnson & Johnson shots. But the White House portrayed the action as important validation of his measured approach throughout the...

Illinois halts J&J vaccine as COVID-19 cases rise again

Apr. 13, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public health officials are following the lead of federal authorities by suspending use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 while a potentially deadly side-effect is investigated. The state Public Health Department...

US recommends 'pause' for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

Apr. 13, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Tuesday recommended a “pause” in use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, setting off a chain reaction worldwide and dealing a setback to the global vaccination...

Arizona follows feds, pauses J&J vaccine due to clot reports

Apr. 13, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials urged a halt Tuesday to the administering of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following reports it could lead to rare but potentially dangerous blood clots. In a news release, the state Department of Public...

New Mexico pauses administration of J&J vaccine

Apr. 13, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will pause administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in response to a federal recommendation stemming from reports of potentially dangerous blood clots, the state Department of Health announced Tuesday. ...

The Latest: Governor bans vaccine passports for Montana

Apr. 13, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. Vaccine passports are documents that could be used to verify coronavirus immunization status and allow inoculated people to more...