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Johnson & Johnson to continue rolling out across the US – but is it safe?

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The United States has recommenced the rollout of the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine, after the jab was halted almost two weeks ago pending an investigation into possible blood clot cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration released a joint statement, revealing that they would still warn of the risk of a potentially fatal side effect involving severe blood clots and low platelets in a fact sheet given to recipients.

Officials from America’s Food and Drug Administration said the decision to recommence the rollout of the Johnson and Johnson jab was effective immediately, making it possible for the vaccine to be accessible again as early as Saturday.

“We are no longer recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine” – CDC Director Rochelle Walensky

Medical watchdogs have determined there is a likely link between the J&J vaccine and blood clotting, ‘based on an in-depth analysis’ but urged the risk remains very low.

America’s latest decision on Johnson and Johnson vaccine follows a similar one made by the European Medicines Agency earlier this week.

The EMA on Tuesday said the benefits of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine outweighed any risks.

The European medical regulator recommended adding a warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelet counts to the vaccine’s product label, which enabled J&J to resume its rollout across Europe.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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U.S. Reveals Missile Defence Strategy

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The U.S. Strategic Command has revealed one of it’s goals for missile defence, Admiral Charles Richard, said the utmost priority is a vigorous missile warning capability

The head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Admiral Charles Richard, said the utmost need is a vigorous missile warning capability.

In regards to the critical nature of missile warning systems -Admiral Charles Richard said “I know what to do and how to posture and dispose my forces, and it’s due to these rapidly expanding and evolving threats: hypersonic weapons, cruise missiles potentially with intercontinental range, unmanned aerial systems, proliferation of shorter-range ballistic missiles and several novel weapon systems”.

Last year China tested a hypersonic missile,

And Richard says that this is a prime example of an emerging capability.

And with these types of weapons, Richard says the US is face to face with decreased warning ability.

Arguing his case for the importance of developing advanced missile warning capabilities, the chief of the US Strategic Command also said that part of the deterrence strategy is “the need to reevaluate and readjust our missile defense posture”.

What Richard is talking about exactly is to have the capacity to defeat missile threats even before the shot is fired.

And if the US develops the technology to do this to even the most advanced weapons systems- it will be a game changer.

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Actress Denise Dowse passes away

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Actress and Director Denise Dowse has passed away at the age of 64.

Dowse was most known for her roles in “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Insecure” and ‘Ray”, as well as appearances in shows such as ‘Charmed”, “The West Wing” and “Law and Order”.

Dowse’s sister, Tracy, made the announcement about her sister’s death on the actress’ Instagram account.

The actress was also a strong advocate for African American theatre, and dedicated to sharing her profession with children.

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Tom Holland firms as favourite for James Bond role

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Actor Tom Holland has had his chances of playing the prized role of James Bond strengthened over other contenders.

According to reports, the producers want to cast a younger-looking actor who happens to also be under 5’10”.

The 26-year-old fits both categories, but this also rules out several other people, including Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson won’t be revealing too many more details, as the identity of the actor playing the role won’t be known until next year.

There are reports that the next actor will play 007 in an origin story in the future.

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