Magazine
Latest Issue

Caution over blood-clotting is sensible. Panic is not

We need to learn as much as possible about side effects from the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines—while persisting with their mass use

By Philip Ball  

HD57medical / Alamy Stock Photo

The scare over blood-clotting as a potentially lethal side-effect of some of the Covid-19 vaccines has worsened with the announcement that it’s not just the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine that is implicated. Now the vaccine made by the pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J), which has become a central plank of the US vaccination programme, has been found to have the same complication—leading the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to recommend a temporary suspension of its use.

Because both vaccines are relatively cheap compared with others, such as those…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect