J&J vaccine update

Health Authorities

J&J vaccine decision expected Friday. FDA paused usage on 4/13.

Where: US, World

The Facts

▪ The US Food and Drug Administration recommended the use of the vaccine be paused while scientists study a possible link to extremely rare blood clots.

▪ Dr. Anthony Fauci said he expected experts to recommend some sort of a “warning or restriction” on the use of the vaccine.

▪ According to Fauci, an expert panel that is advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to meet this Friday.

▪ A final decision on the way forward for the J&J vaccine is expected following the outcome of the meeting.

▪ Decisions made have had a trickle-down effect in other countries which look to the US for direction; South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo have already instated a pause on the J&J vaccine.

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