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Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine study paused due to unexplained illness in participant


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The study of Johnson & Johnson‘s Covid-19 vaccine has been paused due to an unexplained illness in a study participant.

A document sent to outside researchers running the 60,000-patient clinical trial states that a “pausing rule” has been met, that the online system used to enroll patients in the study has been closed, and that the data and safety monitoring board — an independent committee that watches over the safety of patients in the clinical trial — would be convened. The document was obtained by STAT.

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Contacted by STAT, J&J confirmed the study pause, saying it was due to “an unexplained illness in a study participant.”…


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