European medicine watchdog EMA: aware of US J&J vaccine pause

FILE PHOTO: Vials and medical syringe are seen in front of J&J logo in this illustration

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The European medicines watchdog on Tuesday said it was aware of a decision by its U.S. counterpart to pause the administration of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine due to rare instances of blood clots.

In a statement the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it is not clear there is a link between the vaccine and the incidents and its safety committee is continuing a review announced last week.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling, Editing by Franklin Paul)