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Detroit Mayor Walks Back J&J Snub After White House Call

  • Duggan had turned down 6,200 doses of newest Covid-19 vaccine
  • Biden officials insist Democratic leader’s remark misconstrued
Mike Duggan

Mike Duggan

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan made a surprise announcement reflecting his doubts about Johnson & Johnson’s newly authorized Covid-19 vaccine -- and then reversed himself after getting a call from a White House concerned he was off-message.

Despite revising his statement on the J&J shot, Duggan may have set up Detroit for trouble later this year by telling the city’s residents that the J&J single shots aren’t as effective as the double-dose versions from Pfizer and Moderna. That’s counter to the advice of the nation’s top Covid-19 expert, Anthony Fauci.