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(CNN Spanish) – The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) of Mexico authorized this Thursday the emergency use of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine against covid-19.
“This authorization for emergency use certifies that the vaccine meets the quality, safety and efficacy requirements necessary to be applied,” the commission said in a statement.
After the authorization of Cofepris, the Undersecretary of Health of Mexico, Hugo López-Gatell, released the news on Twitter where he stated that “It is always good news to have more authorizations for safe, quality and effective vaccines”
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– Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez (@HLGatell) May 27, 2021
The Janssen-Cilag laboratory vaccine was licensed for emergency use in the United States in February. However, use of the single-dose vaccine was temporarily stopped in mid-April due to extremely rare but serious cases of blood clotting in the cerebral venous sinuses of some people after receiving the vaccine.
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On April 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to resume use of Johnson & Johnson against the coronavirus in the United States.
This after the safety of Johnson & Johnson’s covid-19 vaccine was evaluated where it was found that only 3% of the reactions reported after receiving the injection are classified as serious. In addition, there were a total of 17 cases of severe blood clotting with low levels of platelets in the blood.
“We have concluded that the known and potential benefits of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are greater than its known and potential risks in people 18 years of age and older,” Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement. the FDA.
Currently in Mexico, Cofepris has authorized the use of the Spunik V, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, CanSino, CoronaVac, Covaxin and now Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
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Sandee LaMotte, Eliza Mackintosh, and Jacqueline Howard contributed to this report.