Noah Weiland, Sharon LaFraniere, and Carl Zimmer, reporting for The New York Times:
Federal health agencies on Tuesday called for an immediate pause
in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine
after six recipients in the United States developed a rare
disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of
All six recipients were women between the ages of 18 and 48. One
woman died and a second woman in Nebraska has been hospitalized in
Nearly seven million people in the United States have received
Johnson & Johnson shots so far, and roughly nine million more
doses have been shipped out to the states, according to data from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After a run of remarkably good news on the COVID vaccination front here in the U.S., this is an utter gut punch, and a horrendously wrong decision. This terrible decision is going to kill tens of thousands of Americans. Six blood clots after 7 million administered Johnson & Johnson vaccines, versus a disease that has a mortality rate of 18,000 per million cases in the U.S., and has killed over 1,700 of every million people.
One death after 7 million J&J vaccinations for these blood clots (which they don’t even know are attributable to the vaccine), versus over 50,000 dead per 7 million cases of COVID in Americans. That’s a ratio of 1 : 50,000. You can fairly argue those mortality numbers are skewed by the fact that COVID has already ripped through our nursing homes, killing a lot of our most vulnerable people, but still, the risk numbers aren’t even in the same ballpark. And mortality numbers don’t include the millions of Americans who suffered or are suffering from severe cases that require hospitalization.
This is criminal innumeracy.
★ Tuesday, 13 April 2021