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The New York Times obtained a leaked audio recording of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaking candidly on a wide range of sensitive topics, including his fraught relationship with General Qassem Suleimani and the tight control of the country’s affairs held by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps. The audio and the explosive revelations it contains are expected to roil Iranian politics and reverberate through the international community.
Following two meetings by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Food and Drug Administration and CDC decided on Friday to lift the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that was put in place following a few reports of severe blood clotting. “The FDA has determined that the available data show that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older,” read a statement announcing the decision.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday that the agency officially recommends pregnant women receive COVID-19 vaccines, citing a peer-reviewed study from the New England Journal of Medicine that found no “obvious safety signals” among the women who received the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.