(CNN) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease expert, says that Johnson & Johnson’s Recommended Vaccine Pause against covid-19 is just that: a pause, and not a cancellation, and that this will probably last from days to weeks.
“I seriously doubt that we are talking weeks to months,” he told CNN on Wednesday.
And that pause, he added, should help underline and confirm “how seriously we take security even though it is a rare event.”
“If anyone has a question that ‘Oh, they may not be taking safety very seriously,’ I think this is a statement that safety is a primary consideration when it comes to the (Food and Drug Administration, FDA) and the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC). That’s why it was done, ”added Fauci.
The two agencies recommended Tuesday that the country stop using the J&J vaccine because of six reported US cases of a “rare and severe” type of blood clot, among more than 6.8 million Americans who received the vaccine. . A day later, CDC advisers postponed making decisions on vaccine recommendations, and group members said they needed more information.
“I just don’t think there is enough information to make an evidence-based decision,” Dr. Beth Bell, a clinical professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, told the meeting. “We will not have all the information, but I think there are some things that we can gather relatively quickly, which have to do with the benefit / risk balance.”
“We need to better understand the risk, which we know will be very rare, very low, but we really don’t know exactly how low and how to characterize it correctly,” added Bell.
The pause will allow researchers to review a possible link to serious blood events and, in particular, whether certain populations may be more susceptible, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins said Wednesday.
Johnson & Johnson’s hiatus may cause delays, officials warn
As scientists continue to investigate adverse events, state authorities and federal officials are working to adapt to the change.
The federal government is helping Americans who were scheduled to be vaccinated with J&J receive another COVID-19 vaccine instead, but those changes may cause a drop in the number of daily vaccinations, the response coordinator said Wednesday. White House Covid-19, Jeff Zients.
“However, I want to make it clear that we have more than enough supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to continue working to accelerate the current rate of vaccination,” he said.
Federal allocations for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for next week are about 7% higher than this week, federal data shows.
And while state officials said they have enough supply to keep their vaccination operations on track, some expressed concern about the impact.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds called the hiatus a “surprising setback” for the state, “at a time when our vaccination efforts are showing a lot of progress, and because states were not informed before the announcement, we had They develop contingency plans on the spot for the vaccine clinics at their appointments yesterday and throughout the week.
“Putting even a single vaccine on hold is disappointing,” he added. “But ensuring a safe vaccination process, which everyone can trust, will remain a top priority.”
Other officials in the US said the disruption could have a major impact on college students, who were key targets for receiving the single-dose vaccine before leaving school at the end of the spring semester.
Pause is important for confidence, says expert
But the decision to recommend a hiatus is important for confidence in the vaccine, experts said.
“When you look at what our biggest hurdles are in the coming months, it’s really about the demand for vaccines, or hesitation or confidence,” epidemiologist Dr. Celine Gounder told the US Congressional Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday.
“And one of the biggest drivers, especially in those who are more… resistant to getting vaccinated, really comes down to a lack of trust in health systems or a lack of trust in government.
“So it’s absolutely essential that the CDC and the FDA behave in a transparent, honest, frank way, and that they show that they are doing their due diligence, because that’s really what is going to predict, in the long run, if people they feel comfortable being vaccinated, “Gounder added.
Others, however, are concerned that the hiatus could exacerbate vacillation over the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I think it will have a chilling effect,” Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Center for Vaccine Education at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told CNN. “I think people may mistakenly think, ‘Well, if that’s the case with this J&J vaccine, maybe it’s the same with all vaccines.’
The other two COVID-19 vaccines approved in the U.S., those from Pfizer and Moderna, are not involved in the hiatus, officials have said.
Michigan authorities urge residents to get vaccinated
In some parts of the country, authorities are urging Americans to inoculate themselves with available vaccines to avoid another possible spike in COVID-19 cases.
On Wednesday in Michigan, a state already in the midst of another sudden surge, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan emphasized the need to continue vaccinations and predicted that their troubling COVID-19 numbers will continue to rise.
Michigan cities currently show nine of the 10 worst covid-19 outbreaks in metropolitan areas in the country, according to the latest Covid-19 Community Profile Report released by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Covid-Team. 19 of the White House.
Over seven days, the Detroit metro area reported 581 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, more than 25,000 cases in total, the report shows, and some Michigan metro areas reported even higher per capita rates.
“The infection rate in Detroit continues to rise and we know exactly why it continues to rise. And we are the only ones who can stop it, ”Duggan said Wednesday, urging residents to follow safety measures, but also to encourage their friends and loved ones to get vaccinated.
But it’s not just Michigan.
Top US officials have recently reported spikes in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, primarily in younger groups who have yet to be vaccinated, driven by dangerous variants circulating in the country.
“The virus still has us trapped, infecting people and putting them in danger, and we must remain vigilant,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a briefing at the White House last week. “We need to continue to accelerate our vaccination efforts and take individual responsibility to get vaccinated when we can.”
Naomi Thomas, Anjali Huynh, Taylor Romine, Deidre McPhillips, Virginia Langmaid, Lauren Mascarenhas, Jacqueline Howard y Maggie Fox de CNN contribuyeron a este informe.
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