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FDA, CDC Recommend Temporary Pause On Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Out Of 'Abundance Of Caution'

The New York Times shared breaking news from federal health agencies early Tuesday morning (Apr. 13) recommending that the United States put a temporary halt on administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following reports that six individuals developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within two weeks of vaccination. CNN reports that a joint statement from Dr. Peter Marks — director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research — and Dr. Anne Schuchat — principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — was released stating, the following: “[The] CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. [The] FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of...

Apr 13, 2021

Johnson & Johnson Commits $100M to Provide Health Equity Solutions For Black and Brown Communities

Healthcare company Johnson & Johnson has announced plans to expand its commitment and address racial and social injustice in the U.S. The organization has pledged $100 million over the next five years to invest in and promote health equity solutions for Black and brown communities across the country, according to a news release . The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the economy throughout the year and revealed implicit systemic racism that has greatly impacted health equity in America. “The quality of your healthcare should not be determined by your race and ethnicity,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson, in a press statement . She continued her statement sharing her sentiments of the state of healthcare for Black and brown citizens in America: “There is an urgent need to take on the inequities rooted in systemic racism that threaten health in communities of color across the United States. That’s why Johnson & Johnson is focusing its efforts and...

Nov 18, 2020

Johnson & Johnson Invests in Luxury Black-Owned Haircare Brand Sunday II Sunday

Black haircare has proven to be a billion-dollar industry for years with more and more Black businesses prioritizing products and services catering to all hair types. Sunday II Sunday — an award-winning Black-owned luxury haircare brand — is one of those businesses that’s helping to address Black women’s biggest hair problems, with the help of some big investors. The recently launched brand — founded by Keenan Beasley of Infinite Looks, Inc. — has caught the attention of Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest healthcare company, to invest a reported “seven figure sum,” according to Global Cosmetics News . Black Enterprise reports Sunday II Sunday has announced a seed financing round that will include funds from both Johnson & Johnson Innovation Studio and Ignite Venture Studio. According to Elizabeth Wu — Consumer External Innovation & Transactions Manager at Johnson & Johnson — the healthcare company predicts its investment will address “an unmet need in the multicultural hair care...

Sep 23, 2020