Fauci says he expects J&J vaccine to resume “by Friday”

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The boxes are next to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine vials in the Jewish National Hospital pharmacy for distribution in Denver.  Image taken in March


The United States is likely to resume Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine this next week, possibly with broader restrictions or warnings after reports of some very rare cases of blood clots, the leading disease expert said on Sunday. infectious diseases of the government.

Dr Anthony Fauci, in a series of interviews on news broadcasts, said he expects a decision when counselors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meet on Friday to discuss the vaccine hiatus at single dose of J&J.

“I would be very surprised if we don’t have a recovery in one form or another by Friday,” he said. “I don’t really foresee that they will want this to stretch out a bit longer. “

Dr Anthony Fauci, in a series of interviews on news broadcasts, said he expects a decision when counselors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meet on Friday to discuss the vaccine hiatus at single dose of J&J.

Fauci, who is the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said he believes federal regulators could bring back vaccines with restrictions based on age or gender or with a general warning, so that they are administered in a slightly different way. than we were before the break.

The J&J vaccine has been in doubt after the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration said last week they needed more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot – and if so , what is the magnitude of the risk.

Reports are rare – six out of more than 7 million inoculations in the United States with the J&J vaccine. The clots were found in six women aged 18 to 48. One person died.

The acting FDA commissioner had said she expected the break to last only a few days. Yet last Tuesday’s decision sparked swift action in Europe and elsewhere.

Fauci said he very seriously doubts the United States will stop using the J&J vaccine for good.

The boxes are next to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine vials in the Jewish National Hospital pharmacy for distribution in Denver.  Image taken in March

The boxes are next to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine vials in the Jewish National Hospital pharmacy for distribution in Denver. Image taken in March

“I don’t think that will happen,” he said. “The break was to take a look, make sure we know all the information we can have within that time frame, and also alert some of the doctors who might be seeing people, especially women, who have. that particular adverse event they are dealing with. correctly.

“I think it’ll probably say, ‘OK, we’re going to use it. But be careful under these circumstances. “

Over 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the United States, the vast majority without side or mild effects. Authorities stressed that they had found no signs of clot problems with the most widely used COVID-19 vaccines in the United States – from Moderna and Pfizer.

Fauci has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, CNN’s “State of the Union”, “ABC” This Week “and CBS’s” Face the Nation “.

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