What we’re reading: Johnson and Johnson vaccine remains on hold, officer charged in Minnesota


Pharmacist Claudia Corona-Guevara, from left, joins registered nurses Amy Wells and Megan McLaughlin to draw shots of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the pharmacy of National Jewish Hospital for distribution early Saturday, March 6, 2021, in east Denver. Volunteers worked with nurses and physicians from National Jewish to administer 2,500 vaccinations of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that requires a single shot instead of two like the other vaccines. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Frances Wetherbee

CDC panel postpones decision on COVID-19 vaccine

Administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine remains paused after a CDC panel delayed making a decision Wednesday, according to CNBC.

The vaccine is being withheld due to its link to the development of a blood clot condition called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. It occurred within six to 13 days in women between the ages of 18 and 48 who have been vaccinated. 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 6.8 million Americans have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. 

Officer charged in Duante Wright shooting

Courtney Ross, girlfriend of the deceased George Floyd, left, hugs Katie Wright, mother of the deceased Daunte Wright, right, before a news conference, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Minneapolis. Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed by police Sunday after a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Former Minnesota police officer, Kim Potter, was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday for shooting 20-year-old Duante Wright, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Following her resignation Tuesday, Potter was charged Wednesday and intended to await her first court appearance on Thursday in jail.

On Sunday night, Potter fatally shot Wright during a traffic stop after mistaking her handgun for her taser, according to police. 

Potter’s charge consists of a 10-year maximum sentence in prison.

Harris to visit first foreign countries as Vice President

Vice President Kamala Harris departs following a virtual meeting with community leaders to discuss COVID-19 public education efforts in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Vice President Kamala Harris plans to visit Guatemala and Mexico to address deep problems in migration to the U.S., according to NBC News.

Her travel plans involve meeting with experts in the Northern Triangle regions, with stops to Mexico and Guatemala on the way, which would be her first foreign trip as Vice President and first major policy assignment. 

Harris’ plans do not include addressing the issues at the southern border, as clarified by the White House.

Dangerous weather launches search for capsized ship

One person is dead and 12 are missing after severe winds capsized a commercial ship on Thursday in Louisiana, according to CBS News

Six crew members have been rescued with 12 still missing and one recovered dead. Rough waters have slowed the search, but the Coast Guard and private boats continue to search for the missing 12. 

The Seacore Power commercial ship capsized due to “hurricane-force winds” in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard stated winds were blowing between 80 and 90 mph.