US recommends 'pause' for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

The City of Philadelphia has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at all clinics after a recommendation from the country's top health agencies Tuesday morning.

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GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Breaking news coming in. The CDC and the FDA have released a statement on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, calling for a pause on vaccinations. Eva Pilgrim has the details. Good morning, Eva.

EVA PILGRIM: Good morning, George. Yeah, they are calling for that pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six recipients developed a rare disorder involving blood clots about two weeks after getting vaccinated. Here's what we know about those six people who developed that rare disorder. They were all women between the ages of 18 and 48. One woman died, a second woman in Nebraska is in the hospital and in critical condition.

Now, about 7 million people have received the J&J vaccine. Again, the number of cases that develop this rare disorder is small, but out of an abundance of caution this morning, they are calling for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. George.