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U.S. calls for pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine after blood clotting cases

Federal health officials called for a halt in the use of the company’s coronavirus vaccine while they study serious illnesses that developed in six American women.
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J&J vaccine and blood clots: A risk, if it exists, is tiny

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Parents erupt over FDA failure to regulate toxic metals in food

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Vaccines adapted for variants will not need lengthy testing, F.D.A. says

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As millions get shots, F.D.A. struggles to get safety monitoring system running

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New York AG urges U.S. FDA to take action on baby food safety standards

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A few COVID vaccine recipients developed a rare blood disorder

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Biden chooses former FDA commissioner Kessler as chief science adviser to federal vaccine effort

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