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European medicine watchdog EMA: aware of U.S. J&J vaccine pause

FILE PHOTO: A nurse draws from a vial of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, in Los Angeles

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The European medicines watchdog on Tuesday said it was aware of a decision by its U.S. counterpart to pause the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine due to rare instances of blood clots.

In a statement the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it is not clear there is a link between the vaccine and the incidents and its safety committee is continuing a review announced last week.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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