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Despite reactions, California says virus vaccine can be used

Covid19 Vaccine
Posted at 6:12 AM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 09:12:02-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California says it's OK to immediately begin using a batch of coronavirus vaccine doses after health officials held a safety review because several people had reactions.

State epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said Wednesday that the review found "no scientific basis" to continue a halt to using a specific batch of the Moderna vaccine.

The state urged a pause to its use Sunday after fewer than 10 people in San Diego apparently suffered rare allergic reactions.

The all-clear will benefit counties and others struggling to obtain vaccine supplies to meet unprecedented demand in a state with the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in the country behind New York.