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Chris Rock is among the millions of fully vaccinated Americans who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Chris Rock, pictured in NYC on Sept. 13, took to Twitter on Sunday to share the news of his Covid-19 diagnosis.

The 56-year-old actor and comedian urged his social media followers to get vaccinated.

"Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don't want this. Get vaccinated."

Back in May, the "Grown Ups" star joked with late night host Jimmy Fallon that not only was he fully vaccinated, but that he jumped the line to get the injection.

"I was like, 'Step aside, Betty White, I did (the movie) Pootie Tang. Step aside, old people'. I was like Billy Zane on the Titanic. Leo (DiCaprio) died. Billy Zane lived to see another day. I don't want to be Leo at the bottom of the ocean... Billy Zane got another woman after that thing. In reality, you want to be Leo - but not in that movie."

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Rock, pictured with fellow comedian Dave Chappelle, also joked: "I'm two-shots Rock, that's what they call me." He clarified that he received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In 2020, Rock made a surprise appearance at a press conference with former New York governor Andrew Cuomo to urge New Yorkers to wear face coverings.

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"It's the kids who really aren't wearing a mask, and you know, it's sad. It's sad that our health has become, you know, a sort of political issue... It's a status symbol, almost, to not wear a mask."

Over 76% of Americans have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

A recent study out of Israel found that natural immunity confers longer-lasting protection against the Delta variant than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Johnson & Johnson to destroy 60 million doses of tainted mRNA vaccine made at a Baltimore plant.

The Baltimore plant, run by Emergent BioSolutions, was shut down two months ago after a mixup ruined millions of doses. The vaccine doses were ordered destroyed on Friday.

Emergent BioSolutions was cited for multiple heath code violations. The FDA has ordered Johnson & Johnson to discard 60 million doses made at the plant.

The health code violations include workers failing to shower or change clothes, mold in the equipment and poor disinfection of equipment.

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As a result of the 60 million discarded vaccine doses, the United States will not meet the White House's goal for 70% of Americans partially vaccinated by July 4.

This is the second time Johnson & Johnson has been targeted by the FDA.

In April, the FDA halted the production of Johnson & Johnson vaccines after reports of deadly blood clots.

Six women were diagnosed with blood clots after taking the J&J vaccine. One woman died.

It is unclear how many Americans received doses of the J&J vaccine after the ingredient mix-up.

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The benefits of taking the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine outweighs the risk of blood clots or contracting Covid, according to the European Medicines Agency.

The EMA said there was a "possible link" between blood clots and the vaccine. But the benefits of the vaccine outweighs the risk of hospitalization and death.

The CDC and FDA paused distribution of the J&J single dosage vaccine on April 14 after one woman died from blood clots in the brain. Six other women were diagnosed with blood clots in the brain.

All six women, ages 18 to 48, were vaccinated within two weeks of their diagnoses.

The agency also found a small link between clots and AsreaZeneca's mRNA vaccine. The EMA recommended blood clots be listed as a "rare" side effect of AstraZeneca's mRNA vaccines.

"The reported combination of blood clots and low blood platelets is very rare, and the overall benefits of COVID-19 Vaccine ... in preventing COVID-19 outweigh the risks of side effects," the EMA said in a statement Tuesday.

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Johnson & Johnson will resume shipments of its single dose vaccine to all states in the US this week.

In February, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorksy said an annual J&J vaccine would be needed. He added that a "booster" shot will be needed within 12 months of the first injection.

On Wednesday, Moderna revealed that it is also testing a third booster shot to be available by fall, CNBC reported.

So far, at least 54% of the population received one Covid-19 injection.

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Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla suggests a third "booster" shot for those who are "fully vaccinated" against the coronavirus.

The still experimental Pfizer mRNA vaccine was the first to be approved on an emergency basis by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Unlike the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which is a single injection, two shots of the Pfizer vaccine are required.

Bourla has suggested that people who received the first two shots will need a third "booster" shot within 12 months. Then an annual mRNA injection is necessary against the different "variants" of the virus.

Bourla told CNBC a third dose of mRNA is "extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus."

The FDA and CDC paused the administration of Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccines earlier this week after one woman died. Six other women, ages 18 to 48, were diagnosed with cerebral blots in the brain.

In February, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorksy said an annual J&J vaccine would be needed.

It isn't clear when J&J will be given the green light to continue administering their vaccine.

On Wednesday, Moderna revealed that it is also testing a third booster shot to be available by fall, CNBC reported.

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U.S. health authorities paused the distribution of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 mRNA vaccines to investigate reports of blood clots.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC announced the move on Tuesday after reports of the clotting disorders.

Six women between the ages of 18 and 48 complained of blood clots in the brain within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccine.

Only one woman reportedly died from the clotting disorder in March.

The FDA tweeted on Tuesday: "We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution."

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The six women were diagnosed with a rare blood clotting disorder called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

The six women suffered blood clots in the brain, combined with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia) that caused hemorrhaging (bleeding disorder).

Should You Be Worried?

If you received the Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccine, it's important to know the signs & symptoms of blood clots or bleeding disorders:

  • Shortness of breath (clots in lungs)
  • Chest pain (clots in lungs)
  • Severe headache (clots or bleeding in brain)
  • Abdominal pain (bleeding disorder)
  • Leg pain (clots in legs)
  • Blood in urine (bleeding disorder)
  • Black, tarry stools (bleeding disorder)
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    People who received the J&J vaccines and experience the above signs and symptoms should notify your doctor or healthcare provider immediately or go to the emergency room.

    The CDC advised against doctors treating the condition with heparin because heparin is a blood thinner and could make the condition worse.

    "If someone ends up with a very severe headache or any type of shortness of breath, pain in their leg, or severe pain in their abdomen, they would want to seek medical attention,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

    For people who got the vaccine more than a month ago, the risk "is very low at this time," Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, said Tuesday.
     

    FYI: An earlier version of this article reported that six women died from blood clots. Only one woman has died.

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    The U.S. government has halted distribution of all Johnson & Johnson single jab mRNA vaccines after concerns about blood clots in the brain.

    Federal authorities have halted distribution of Johnson & Johnson injections at all government facilities, and are asking states to do the same.

    According to a report in the NY Times, six women between the ages of 18 and 48 complained of blood clots. Only one woman died.

    The Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) tweeted: "We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution."

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    The six women were diagnosed with a rare blood clotting disorder called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

    The women also had low blood platelets count (thrombocytopenia) which causes hemorrhaging (bleeding) in the brain and body. Among the first signs are frequent nosebleeds, bleeding gums, black, tarry stools, and blood in urine.

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    The Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccine was praised by the news media because it required only a single injection.

    Other experimental mRNA vaccines, including Pfizer and Moderna, require two shots spaced about 21 days apart.

    Critics of Johnson & Johnson and other experimental vaccines were quickly branded anti-vaxxers.
     

    FYI: An earlier version of this article reported that six women died from blood clots. Only one woman has died.

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    Johnson & Johnson will stop selling its line of popular skin whitening creams in the U.S. in response to criticism that the company promotes white skin as preferable over Black skin.

    The pharmaceutical company announced its decision on Friday after multiple corporations decided to "retire" Black characters that served as logos on their consumer products for over a century.

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    Johnson & Johnson will cease selling skin brightening products such as Neutrogena Clean & Clear dark spot reducer and Neutrogena Naturals skin brightener cream in the U.S.

    "Conversations over the past few weeks highlighted that some product names on our Neutrogena and Clean & Clear dark-spot reducer products represent fairness or white as better than your own unique skin tone," reads a company statement. "This was never our intention — healthy skin is beautiful skin."

    Johnson & Johnson will continue to sell the majority of skin whitening products in Asia.

    The company will not remove products that are already on store shelves in the United States. But the products will not be replaced once supplies run out.