FACTS

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that they are recommending a pause of the Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine in the U.S. due to reports of rare blood clots following injections in some individuals.

    “We are aware of an extremely rare disorder involving people with blood clots in combination with low platelets in a small number of individuals who have received our COVID-19 vaccine…Out of an abundance of caution, the CDC and FDA have recommended a pause in the use of our vaccine.”

    Johnson & Johnson Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine

    Six cases of the condition were reported, all in “women ages 18-48,” with one woman dying and another in critical condition following their vaccinations.

    RIGHT

    The Right has many thoughts. Some, including former President Donald Trump, consistently a strong advocate of the Covid vaccines, condemn the move. Trump stated, “The results of this vaccine have been extraordinary, but now its reputation will be permanently challenged.” He suggested that the move was for political reasons. Conservative author Marc Thiessen noted “6 cases. Not 6,000 cases. Not 600 cases. Not 60 cases,” and added, “Our public health experts continue to fail us.” Others on the right have argued that the move shows that agencies such as the FDA and CDC have been given too much power. “By recommending that use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine be paused, the FDA rendered a value judgment. Congress and President Biden should be outraged at this usurpation of their power,” argued NationalReview.com editor Charles C. W. Cooke.

    “The most disturbing aspect of all of this is that only yesterday, claiming that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine may not be entirely safe was a violation of YouTube’s ‘community guidelines’ and could have resulted in an immediate removal…do you feel free?”

    Steven Crowder, conservative political commentator, media host, and comedian

    LEFT

    The Left argues that it purely out of “great precaution” that the pause has been advised and warns against mistrust regarding the vaccines. “The Covid vaccines are incredibly safe and far, far safer than getting a coronavirus infection…The FDA and CDC are forced to pause these vaccinations by political pressures, not rational, scientific data. The anti-vaccine rhetoric is simply out of hand,” argued Judy Stone, an infectious disease specialist and senior contributor for Forbes. She noted that blood clots are associated with many things, including many forms of birth control, and yet women regularly use birth control without a second thought.

    “I have a J&J appointment in an hour, and if I don’t get a vaccine because 6 people out of 6 million got blood clots after I was allowed — nay, encouraged — to take hormonal birth control for DECADES, you will be hearing about a tiny little one woman riot.”

    Twitter user Emily Dagger, in a tweet that went viral

    “Pausing the Johnson & Johnson rollout not only risks slowing down the U.S. fight against the pandemic—it may also increase already-rampant distrust of and fuel misinformation about all the coronavirus vaccines,” wrote VICE News reporter Carter Sherman.

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