Greece Suspends Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations

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A man passes the entrance of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals company, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson, in Leiden, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

ATHENS -- Greece suspended inoculations with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to begin Monday, head of the National Vaccination Committee Maria Theodoridou told a regular live briefing, pending European and United States agency reviews.

"We should wait for the conclusions of both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)," added the member of the health ministry's committee of coronavirus experts.

She said that health authorities in the US are looking into 6 cases of thrombosis out of a total of 7 million vaccinations carried out in the country with the Johnson & Johnson vaccιne. The people affected were women aged 18 to 48, she noted.

Theodoridou also cited data according to which 9 in 10 deaths in Greece involved people who had not been vaccinated, while only a small number of fatalities concerned patients who had been vaccinated with both doses of a vaccine.