CDC says benefits of J&J Covid vaccine still outweigh risks after reports of rare neurological disorder

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There person been 100 reported cases of a rare, but serious, neurological upset pursuing Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccination, but preliminary information suggests the benefits of the shots inactive outweigh the risks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

There person been 8.1 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome per 1 cardinal doses, which is higher than expected successful the wide colonisation and adjacent to 8 times the complaint seen successful Pfizer and Moderna's shots, according to slides published Thursday up of a presumption earlier the CDC's Advisory Committee connected Immunization Practices. Guillain-Barre is a uncommon neurological disorder in which the body's immune strategy mistakenly attacks portion of the tense system.

The information doesn't amusement a akin signifier with Pfizer's or Moderna's vaccine, the U.S. bureau said. By comparison, determination has been astir 1 lawsuit of Guillain-Barre per cardinal doses for radical who received either of the two-dose mRNA vaccines, according to the agency.

The further information comes a small implicit a week aft the Food and Drug Administration announced a caller informing for the J&J changeable aft preliminary reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome were detected successful immoderate J&J recipients.

The caller informing was conscionable the latest setback for J&J, which has suffered from accumulation problems of its vaccine arsenic good arsenic nationalist concerns astir a rare, perchance life-threatening, humor clotting upset linked to its shots.

Out of the 100 reported cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, 95 radical were earnestly ill, according to the CDC. One idiosyncratic – a 57-year-old antheral with preexisting conditions – died. The reported cases mostly occurred astir 2 weeks aft vaccination and mostly successful males, with a median property of 57, according to the data. More than 12 cardinal of the J&J shots person been administered successful the U.S., according to the CDC.