Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies this Thursday before a subcommittee of the House of Representatives on the coronavirus in the United States.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Principal Adviser to the Biden Administration on Coronavirus Issues, rejected that the pause in the use of the vaccine Johnson & Johnson by reactions related to blood clots in about six women means that the dose is not effective against COVID-19.
This Wednesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that the United States discontinue use of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine after cases were reported.
However, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) considered that the above has nothing to do with its effectiveness. According to the expert, the vaccine is still very effective in preventing COVID-19.
In an interview with “CBS Evening News”, Fauci stated that most likely if the vaccinated do not experience reactions after a month of receiving the immunization, they will not suffer them later.
The pause of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine “has nothing to do with efficacy,” Dr. Anthony Fauci tells @NorahODonnell.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 13, 2021
“Well, it all depends on when they received the vaccination. It appears that this adverse event occurs between 6 and 13 days. So if you got vaccinated a month or two ago, I really think you don’t have to worry about anything. If you are within one to two weeks of getting the vaccine, remember one thing: this is a very rare event. It is less than one in a million. Having said that, you should be alert to certain symptoms, such as severe headache, difficulty in movement, chest discomfort and shortness of breath, ”explained the expert.
On the possibility that other vaccines on the market such as Moderna and Pfizer cause the same reaction, Fauci answered in the negative.
“Well, there is certainly a concern. The question that is usually asked, does this have to do with the other vaccines, the ribonucleic acid (mRNA) from Moderna and Pfizer? Absolutely not. Because if you look at this, 121 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccines. Only 6.85 million of these people received it from J&J. The rest were from Moderna and Pfizer and there were no adverse or negative effects or red flag signals from any of those vaccines, which is very good news. In other words, they are very safe, ”said the doctor, who specializes in infectious diseases.
A CDC advisory committee addressed cases of cerebral thrombosis among women vaccinated against COVID-19 on Wednesday. However, the agency did not make a final decision on whether to discontinue use of the vaccine.
CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), made up of 15 independent experts, spent about four hours in a meeting on the safety of J & J’s vaccine, which has been developed by its Belgium-based division, Janssen, without establishing a conclusion.
At the moment, the CDC and the FDA, in charge of approving the vaccines, recommended a pause in the administration of the doses.
This comes after health authorities detected six cases of a rare type of cerebral thrombosis in women under 48 who had been immunized with the serum.
One of the patients died and there is another who is in serious condition.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.