FDA Approves Fourth COVID Shot. Fifth Shot Considered.

FDA Approves Fourth COVID Shot. Fifth Shot Considered.

On Mar. 29, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a second booster dose (a fourth shot) of the Pfizer/BioNTech messenger RNA (mRNA) biologic BNT162b2 (“Comirnaty”) and Moderna/NIAID mRNA-1273 (“Spikevax”) for people 50 years of age and older, as well as younger individuals who are immunocompromised. The second booster would be given no […]

The Purge: Call Me Ishmael

The Purge: Call Me Ishmael

For the last 27 years, I have been a professor at Boston College, teaching a mix of literature and writing courses to thousands of students. Then along came the booster mandates. When the initial vaccines came out, my wife and I received ours. We had strong reservations about the mRNA vaccines and had decided we […]

Washington Mom Dies of Blood Clotting Syndrome 12 Days After J&J COVID Vaccination

Washington Mom Dies of Blood Clotting Syndrome 12 Days After J&J COVID Vaccination

A 37-year-old woman in King County, Washington died unexpectedly on Sept. 7, 2021, just 12 days after receiving Johnson & Johnson/Janssen’s experimental Ad26.COV2.S vaccine for COVID-19. Jessica Berg Wilson, the mother of two young daughters, was vaccinated on Aug. 26 and subsequently developed a blood clotting syndrome, known as “thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome” (TTS), that […]

Worry About Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Safety Persists

Worry About Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Safety Persists

Worry about the safety of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen experimental human advenovirus COVID-19 vaccine persists after a ten-day pause on distribution of the vaccine earlier this year.1 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings of heart and neurological issues2 and, most recently, a published study suggesting that the J&J vaccine is far less effective against the […]

Many Americans Worry About the Safety of COVID Biologics

Many Americans Worry About the Safety of COVID Biologics

A new poll conducted Yahoo! News/YouGov during July 13-15, 2021 found that 37 percent of unvaccinated Americans are more fearful of the three experimental COVID-19 biologics currently available in the United States than they are of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that can cause the disease. The survey of 1,715 adults in the U.S. found that only […]

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Carcinogen Containing Sunscreen Products

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Carcinogen Containing Sunscreen Products

On July 14, 2021, Johnson and Johnson Consumer, Inc. voluntarily recalled all batches of five NEUTROGENA and AVEENO aerosol sunscreen product lines distributed to consumers through a variety of retail channels. The corporation recalled the products after a cancer causing chemical known as benzene was detected in samples. The products were distributed nationwide and Johnson […]

FDA Adds Warning About Rare Reaction to J&J COVID-19 Vaccine

As the state sends mobile units from town to town to increase vaccination rates, the Johnson & Johnson shot is causing more worries. The FDA is now warning of a potential increased risk of a nerve complication called Guillain-Barré syndrome. Doctors say the roughly 100 cases reported after nearly 13 million shots should not be […]

Pfizer Poised to Dominate U.S. Market for COVID-19 Biologics

Pfizer Poised to Dominate U.S. Market for COVID-19 Biologics

Last week was a bad one for COVID-19 biologics produced by Moderna, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, Inc. (J&J). News reports began filtering out about new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which were published on Apr. 5, 2021 in the journal JAMA and revealed that people who receive Moderna’s […]

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine Suspended After Blood Disorder Reports

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine  Suspended After Blood Disorder Reports

A manufacturing plant in Baltimore, Maryland where two experimental COVID-19 vaccines are manufactured has caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to delay authorization of the plant’s production lines due to the contamination of 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine.1 Ingredients Used in Two COVID-19 Vaccines “Mixed Up” During Production […]

J&J to Test COVID-19 Vaccine on Babies, Pregnant Women and the Immunocompromised

J&J to Test COVID-19 Vaccine on Babies, Pregnant Women and the Immunocompromised

Pharmaceutical and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson, Inc. (J&J) announced on Feb. 28, 2021 plans to test its experimental Ad26.COV2.S vaccine for COVID-19 on infant children (including newborns), pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. J&J did not include infants, pregnant women or the immunocompromised in the U.S. population in clinical trials on […]