J&J COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective – German health official

A box of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines is seen at the Forem vaccination centre in Pamplona, Spain, April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Vincent West

BERLIN (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and its side effects are very rare, the head of Germany’s vaccine regulator said on Friday.

Klaus Cichutek, the head of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, said Germany’s vaccination expert panel, known as STIKO, had not put any restrictions on the use of the J&J vaccine.

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