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Medsafe delays decision on Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

New Zealand’s medicines regulator, Medsafe, says it will hold off on a decision regarding a COVID-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical company, Janssen, until it receives more information about the safety of the product.

“After receiving information from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to cases of blood clots reported in the US, Medsafe has issued a number of additional requests for data from Janssen,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement today.

The pause of the rollout in the US and Europe has also been discussed with Janssen, it said.

Medsafe group manager, Chris James says Medsafe expects to provide an update on the Janssen approval process in the next two to three weeks.

“This will allow us time to investigate the data we receive so that when we do make a decision, we can reassure the New Zealand public about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine,” he said.

“We continue to receive information from our regulatory colleagues, which includes the FDA in the US and Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia, who are also assessing the Janssen vaccine.

“Medsafe has a robust system in place for evaluating the safety and quality of medicines and vaccines for use in New Zealand, and will continue to make decisions based on the most up to date information.”

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