J&J vaccine review, Andrew Brown Jr. shooting, climate summit: 5 things to know FridayApril 23, 2021
Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause could be lifted
The halt on using the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be lifted by this Friday, although some restrictions may be required, Dr. Anthony Fauci said last weekend. States stopped using the company’s vaccine last week after federal health officials recommended a pause “out of an abundance of caution” because of rare but dangerous blood clots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it will review any additional evidence about the vaccine in a meeting Friday. Earlier this week, the European Medicines Agency – the European Union’s drug regulator – ruled that a warning about unusual blood clots associated with low levels of blood platelets should be added to the product information, but concluded that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh the risk.
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Family, citizens demand footage of Andrew Brown Jr. shooting
Officials Thursday faced growing pressure to release details about the death of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man who was fatally shot by law enforcement on Wednesday in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, about 170 miles northeast of Raleigh. A judge generally has to approve release of police video in North Carolina. Harry Daniels, the Brown family’s attorney, told USA TODAY via email that a motion will be filed Friday for that footage to be released. Witness accounts paint a picture of an “unlawful, unjustified killing” in which multiple officers shot as Brown fled the scene in a vehicle, Daniels said at a press conference Thursday. Daniels also said Brown was unarmed at the time. The sense of relief brought by the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin Tuesday in the murder of George Floyd was short-lived for some, as crowds gathered in Elizabeth City for the second consecutive night Thursday to demand more information.
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