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To federal health officials, asking states on Tuesday to suspend use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine until they could investigate six extremely rare but troubling cases of blood clots was an obvious and perhaps unavoidable move.

But where scientists saw prudence, public health officials saw a delicate trade-off: The blood clotting so far appears to affect just one out of every million people injected with the vaccine, and it is not yet clear if the vaccine is the cause. If highlighting the clotting heightens vaccine hesitancy and helps conspiracy theorists, the “pause” could ultimately sicken — and even kill — more people than it saves.

“It’s a messaging nightmare,” said Rachael Piltch-Loeb, an expert in health risk communications at the N.Y.U. School of Global Public Health. But officials had no other ethical option, she added. “To ignore it would be to seed the growing sentiment that public health officials are lying to the public.”

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine was just beginning to gain traction among doctors and patients after its reputation took a hit from early clinical trials suggesting its protection against the coronavirus was not as strong as that from the vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Before Tuesday’s pause, some patients were asking for it by name.

But amid the blizzard of news and social media attention around the pause, those gains may well be lost, especially if the rare blood clotting feeds politically driven conspiracy theorists and naysayers, who seemed to be losing ground as the rate of vaccinations rose.

The problem is explaining relative risk, said Rupali J. Limaye, who studies public health messaging at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She noted that the potential rate of blood clotting in reaction to the vaccine is much smaller than the blood clotting rate for cigarette smokers or for women who use hormonal contraception, although the types of clots differ.

And officials are not “pulling” the vaccine. They are simply asking for a timeout, in effect, to figure out how best to use it.

Vaccinators were already fielding questions from worried patients on Tuesday.

Maulik Joshi, the president and chief executive of Meritus Health in Hagerstown, Md., which has given 50,000 doses of all three vaccines without any reported major reactions, said he had a simple message to calm patients’ fears: “It’s a great thing that they have paused it, and this is science at work.”

Jennifer Steinhauer, Madeleine Ngoand Hailey Fuchs contributed reporting.

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Outside the National Stadium in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Olympics are scheduled to begin there on July 23.
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Organizers marked 100 days until the start of the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday with a subdued ceremony amid tougher restrictions and growing questions over the event as Japan endures another surge of coronavirus infections.

The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, pledged that officials would do everything to deliver a “memorable tournament.” Wearing a mask and gloves, she unveiled statues of the Olympic mascots inside Tokyo government headquarters while a video link showed another group of officials unveiling a monument of the Olympic rings atop fog-shrouded Mount Takao, 30 miles west of the capital.

But parts of Tokyo and other municipalities remain under a quasi-state of emergency ordered last week to stem what officials describe as Japan’s fourth wave of infections. Japan has recorded nearly 3,200 infections a day over the last week, according to a New York Times database — few by the standards of the United States and Europe, but a worryingly high number for Asia.

The host nation is also lagging in vaccinations: Shots for those 65 and just began on Monday. So far, Japan has inoculated only frontline medical workers, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, and it will be far from fully vaccinated by July 23, when the Games are scheduled to begin.

Japan is calling these the “Recovery Olympics” — highlighting the nation’s recovery from the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011, as well as the world’s recovery from the pandemic. But the Games, originally scheduled for last year, are marching on despite more than 70 percent of the Japanese public saying they should be delayed again or called off entirely.

Organizers announced last month that international spectators would be barred, although thousands of athletes from over 200 nations are expected to compete. The ceremonial torch relay has been making its way across Japan with little fanfare; its two-day leg in Osaka this week was diverted off public roads and took place in an empty park.

Preparing vaccine doses in Munich last month. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s rollout has been paused in the European Union.
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First it was AstraZeneca. Now Johnson & Johnson.

Last week, British regulators and the European Union’s medical agency said they had established a possible link between AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine and very rare, though sometimes fatal, blood clots.

The pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine in Europe over similar concerns threatens to hurt a sluggish rollout that was just starting to gain momentum, after months of short supplies and logistical problems.

Regulators have asked vaccine recipients and doctors to look out for certain symptoms, including severe and persistent headaches and tiny blood spots under the skin. Doctors’ groups have circulated guidance about how to treat the disorder.

According to a YouGov poll published last month, 61 percent of the French, 55 percent of Germans and 52 percent of Spaniards consider the AstraZeneca vaccine “unsafe.”

Almost everywhere across the European Union, many are eager for alternatives. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, based on a different technology, have not been associated with similar side effects.

Although all E.U. countries have been offered a chunk of each vaccine approved in the bloc so far — AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer — many opted to forgo parts of their share of more expensive or cumbersome vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna early on, instead favoring the AstraZeneca jab.

“In Britain or Eastern Europe, a big part of the campaigns are based on AstraZeneca,” said Yves Van Laethem, a top epidemiologist who is Belgium’s Covid task force spokesman.

Wealthier bloc members like Denmark, France, Germany and the Netherlands can better compensate for the loss of confidence in AstraZeneca, because they acquired extra doses of other vaccines — especially Pfizer — through a secondary market after poorer E.U. nations gave theirs up.

But those countries — including Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia and Slovakia — are likely to be less able to quickly offer alternatives.

Raphael Minder contributed reporting.


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Sarkari Naukri 2021 Live Govt Job Alert Results News Updates 26 September Apply Now – Sarkari Naukri 2021 Live

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Government Jobs: Above 15 years can apply

The minimum age of the candidate should be 15 years and maximum age of 24 years as on October 20, 2021 to apply for the railway vacancies. Upper age limit is relaxable by 05 years in case of SC/ST candidates, 3 years in case of OBC candidates. For Persons with Disabilities, the upper age limit is relaxable by 10 years.

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LIVE: Railway has recruited more than 2000 posts for 10th pass, apply immediately

Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC) of Northern Railway, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi has invited applications for more than 3093 Apprentice posts in the organization. Interested and eligible candidates can apply for NR Apprentice Recruitment 2021 through official website- rrcnr.org. Candidates must note that the last date to apply is October 20, 2021.

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Why is Iraq working so hard on Saudi Arabia and Iran?

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Iraqi President Barham Salih and Iran’s Supreme Leader during a meeting in 2018

Is the enmity between Iran and Saudi Arabia going to be history now? Although this is fine in the form of a question, it is too early to agree with it.

But both the countries have started talks with each other. Saudi is a Sunni-ruled Islamic country while Iran is Shia-ruled. This has also been a reason in the dispute between the two countries.

According to Iran’s official news agency Irna, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Khatibzadeh has said, “We have held talks with the government of Saudi Arabia in several phases over the past few months in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. Good talks have taken place regarding bilateral relations. Good progress has been made in talks regarding the security of the Gulf.

According to Irna, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the problems and conflicts in the region can be resolved through comprehensive dialogue among themselves. He said that there is no need for any outside party to solve the problem of this area.

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ramesh bidhuri on muslim: ramesh bidhuri muslim

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  • BJP MP targets Pakistan PM Imran Khan
  • Bidhuri said – Babur’s blood in the veins of those who raised anti-national slogans
  • Demand to include the 1921 Malabar massacre in the syllabus

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BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri has given a controversial statement regarding Muslims. The BJP MP said that wherever Muslims are a minority, there is talk of human rights. At the same time, where they come to the majority, violence and bloodshed starts. BJP MP said this at an RSS event in Delhi. Bidhuri also targeted Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

According to the news of India Today, the BJP MP said that wherever the Muslim community lives in a minority, there is talk of human rights. The Prime Minister of Pakistan talks about the rights of minorities. I want to ask how the Hindu population in Pakistan has come down from 26% to 2.5%.

Targeting those who raised anti-national slogans
The BJP MP also targeted those who raised anti-national slogans. Bidhuri said that the blood of India is not running in the veins of those who raised slogans of ‘tukde tukde’ of Kerala and JNU. The blood of Babar and Aurangzeb runs in the veins of such people. Referring to Jamia and Shaheen Bagh, Ramesh Bidhuri described those who raised slogans against the country as a symbol of this mentality.

Sadhvi Pragya again gave a controversial statement, said- Kshatriyas should produce a lot of children

The incident of Malabar massacre got a place in the syllabus
In the same program, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP and chairman of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Education, has said that the incident of the Malabar massacre in 1921 should be included in the curriculum. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said that as the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, he has been working on reviewing the syllabus for the last several months and believes that the new generation of the country should know the truth of the Malabar massacre. Complete information should be found about the great sons of India like Bhagat Singh, Rani Laxmibai.

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Stop glorifying those who massacre Hindus
In the program, BJP leader Kapil Mishra and senior RSS leader and national convener of Pragya Pravah J Nandakumar demanded that the attempt to glorify Bhagat Singh by comparing the people who massacred Hindus 100 years ago as freedom fighters should be stopped. Also, the pension being given to the families of the people who committed the genocide should be stopped. He said that in support of these demands a seminar has also been organized in Delhi on 26th September and his campaign will continue till these demands are fulfilled.
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