US weighs next steps for J&J virus shot amid clot mystery

U.S. health officials are weighing next steps as they investigate a handful of unusual blood clots in people who received Johnson&Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine a one-dose shot that many countries were eagerly awaiting to help speed virus protection.
It’s not clear if the exceedingly rare reports so far, six cases out of more than 7 million inoculations in the U.S. really are linked to the J&J vaccine.
But the government recommended a pause in J&J vaccinations on Tuesday, just a week after European regulators declared that such clots are a rare but possible risk with the AstraZeneca vaccine, a shot made in a similar way but not yet approved for use in the U.S.
The clots occurred in strange places, in veins that drain blood from the brain, and in people with abnormally low levels of clot-forming platelets.
The six cases raised an alarm bell because that number is at least three times more than experts would have expected to see even of more typical brain-drainage clots, said

It’s time to end America’s longest war: Joe Biden on Afghanistan

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday said it is time to end America’s longest war in Afghanistan, a responsibility which he does not want to pass on to his successor.
Biden is the fourth US president to preside over the war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001, soon after Al Qaeda terrorists based in Afghanistan attacked the twin-towers in New York.
In his speech to the nation, Biden, observing that the US went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago, said that he “cannot explain” why the US should remain there in 2021.
“Rather than return to war with the Taliban, we have to focus on the challenges that will determine our standing and reach today and into the years to come,” Biden said.
A day earlier, the White House said that Biden has decided to withdraw all American troops out of war-torn Afghanistan by September 11 this year, the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York.
“We cannot continue the cycle of extending