Dr Fauci says Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause should last ‘days to weeks’ but not months

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El Dr. Anthony Fauci habla el 18 de diciembre de 2020 en Washington, DC (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
El Dr. Anthony Fauci habla el 18 de diciembre de 2020 en Washington, DC (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Dr Anthony Fauci has said that the Johnson & Johnson pause in administering the Covid-19 vaccine will last “days to weeks”, but not months.

“I think we are going to be hearing about a decision pretty quickly,” Dr Fauci said on Wednesday in an interview with NBC’s Today. “I don’t think this is going to drag out.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States’ leading federal health agencies, recommended for states to pause administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six people developed severe blood clots.

The six people were all women ages 18 to 48, and one person died from the blood clots. Another person was in critical condition, the FDA said in a statement.

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet later on Wednesday to discuss the recommended pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Dr Fauci was asked if the FDA could pull the recommended pause following the investigation and resume Johnson & Johson inoculations, but he was unable to give a direct answer.

“I don’t want to get ahead of the advisory committee,” he said.

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