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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Tuesday announced the company has ramped up production of its coronavirus vaccine and can deliver 10% more doses to the U.S. by the end of May than it previously agreed to produce.

What he's saying: Bourla added that the company can deliver the full 300 million doses two weeks earlier than expected.

The big picture: Earlier Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration recommended an immediate halt of the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, citing cases of a rare blood clot disorder that six women developed within two weeks of receiving the shot.

  • The White House on Tuesday said that the pause "will not have a significant impact" on the administration's vaccination plans, adding that it has secured enough Moderna and Pfizer doses for 300 million Americans.

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Apr 13, 2021 - Health

White House says J&J pause will not have "significant impact" on vaccination plan

Biden at the White Houe on April 6. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The White House said Tuesday that the FDA's recommendation that the U.S. pause use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine "will not have a significant impact" on the administration's vaccination plans.

Why it matters: The Biden administration says it has secured enough Moderna and Pfizer doses for 300 million Americans. The U.S. will be able to continue administering 3 million vaccine doses a day even without the Johnson & Johnson shot, according to the White House.

Apr 13, 2021 - Health

New York to replace today's J&J vaccine appointments with Pfizer

A box of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine doses at Grubb's Pharmacy on Capitol Hill on April 12. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

New York will replace Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines with the Pfizer vaccine for appointments scheduled for Tuesday, New York's health commissioner Howard Zucker said in a statement.

Why it matters: The FDA, out of "an abundance of caution," recommended on Tuesday an immediate pause of the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, citing cases of a rare blood clot disorder that six women developed within two weeks after receiving the shot.

Updated Apr 13, 2021 - Health

FDA expects J&J vaccine pause to last "a matter of days"

Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

The U.S. FDA on Tuesday recommended an immediate halt of the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, citing cases of a rare blood clot disorder that six women developed within two weeks of receiving the shot.

The latest: Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said at a briefing that she expects the pause to only last "a matter of days," as health officials investigate the data surrounding the "extremely rare" blood clots.