Recently it has come to light that the Johnson & Johnson Covid 19 vaccine also has cases of blood clots affecting people after taking the vaccine. The company’s response to this claim is to say that a study suggests other Covid 19 vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna also have cases of blood clots. The Johnson & Johnson company went so far as to release a media statement highlighting this claim.
Blood Clots Reported In All Covid-19 Vaccines, Say Johnson & Johnson
According to the lead author of the study, this claim is not even remotely true. Dr. Eun-Ju Lee who is an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College conducted a study on Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. According to Dr. Lee, “We didn’t find anyone with blood clots. We didn’t find any of those scary things that are happening with Johnson & Johnson.”
So far 7 million people have received the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. 7 people in this population have experienced blood clots linked to the vaccine. The cases were noticed when one man experienced blood clots during clinical trials. There were also reports of six women getting rare blood clots after the vaccine’s rollout.
Dr. Paul Offit a vaccine expert at the University of Pennsylvania with regards to the Johnson & Johnson media statement said, “That is a really irresponsible thing to say.” Dr. Offit is also a member of the FDA advisory panel responsible for reviewing and authorizing the application of all three Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers- Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
Offit explained that the company’s statement is in bad taste as there is already a lot of hesitancy being displayed by the public towards any vaccination program and the baseless claim made by the Johnson & Johnson company is not helping matters. Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is also a member of a vaccine advisory panel to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He agreed with Dr. Paul Offit stating, “I think Paul is right on. His indignation is appropriate.”
A spokesman of the Johnson & Johnson company did not address any of the questions about why the company falsely claimed that blood clots were reported in all Covid-19 vaccines. He simply released a statement saying that “ We continue to work closely with medical experts and global health authorities to assess the data on these extremely rare events. Above all, we are committed to the safety and well-being of the people who use our products, and we support public awareness of the signs and symptoms to ensure the correct diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and expedited reporting by health care professionals.”
On April 9, the European Medicines Agency released a statement on its decision to investigate reports of blood clots experienced by people to whom the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was administered. The Johnson & Johnson company’s response was to issue a media statement to justify the situation. They stated, “We are aware that thromboembolic events including those with thrombocytopenia have been reported with all COVID-19 vaccines.”
The statement also included a reference to the study conducted by Dr. Eun-Ju Lee. Lee’s study centered around events that occurred after people took the vaccines that were manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Lee, who is the lead author of the study stressed that “Those are entirely different entities. It’s like apples and oranges.”
The study investigated 17 reports of people who had low blood platelet levels after taking the Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine. Having low platelet counts also known as thrombocytopenia is a common occurrence that can be seen due to pregnancy, high alcohol consumption, and cancers or infections. Blood clots however are thromboembolic events that the Johnson & Johnson company mentioned.