White House didn't get a heads up on Johnson & Johnson vaccine halt, Zients says

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White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Jeff Zients said that the White House received no advance warning that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would recommend a pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Jeff Zients said that the White House received no advance warning that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would recommend a pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

"We were notified last night there would be an announcement in the morning," Zients said, after state officials said they'd been caught off guard. He added the White House didn't know the details of the announcement and had "no other involvement."

The FDA issued an abrupt pause recommendation on the J&J vaccine, which has already been used to innoculate 6.8 million people, after six developed blood clots within weeks of vaccination.

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