J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine will remain in limbo for a while longer after government health advisers declared Wednesday that they need more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot — and if so, how big the risk really is.

The facts on the vax

Our hearts sank on word Tuesday that officials at the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were recommending a pause in the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine after doctors recorded six instances of people developing blood clots after getting the shot.

The end of trickle-down economics

As President Joe Biden gears up to sell his new infrastructure plan, Democrats are finally calling out Republican hypocrisy on government spending. The GOP, they note, supported Trump’s 2017 tax cuts — which greatly expanded the national debt — but now refuse to back Biden’s stimulus bills.

Red states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

SAVANNAH, Georgia — With coronavirus shots now in the arms of nearly half of American adults, the parts of the U.S. that are excelling and those that are struggling with vaccinations are starting to look like the nation’s political map: deeply divided between red and blue states.

Biden says pause on J&J shots shows gov’t putting safety 1st

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign hit a snag Tuesday when federal regulators recommended a “pause” in administering Johnson & Johnson shots. But the White House portrayed the action as important validation of his measured approach throughout the rollout.

Pre-travel testing program expands

Beginning Saturday, travelers from Taiwan and Southern California’s Ontario International Airport can bypass Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner.

HCCC remains in quarantine; inmate test results pending

No new positive COVID-19 tests were reported Tuesday among inmates or staff at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, which remains in quarantine after an employee recently tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

America should share vaccine with the world

As more Americans roll up their sleeves for a potentially life-saving vaccination, we are called by moral imperative and social justice concern to reflect on the reality that countries without the Western world’s economic capital are being left behind.