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‘We Take Safety Seriously’: Fauci Says J&J Vaccine Pause Should Boost Confidence | Michigan


Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser said Sunday that the recent Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine pause should increase confidence in health agencies’ focus on vaccine safety as the administration attempts to curb the Deadly Outbreaks in the US

The most dangerous outbreak is in Michigan, where more young people are hospitalized than at any other time during the pandemic.

“One thing we need to pay attention to is that we still have about 50,000 new infections a day,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC’s This Week. “That is a precarious level and we do not want it to rise.”

An independent government advisory panel voted Friday to resume use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine after it was put on hiatus to review cases of a blood clotting disorder in six women who they received it. The vaccine will now include a warning on its label about the potential risk of rare blood clots and a fact sheet on possible side effects will be provided to medical providers and recipients of the vaccine.

Fauci said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were “the gold standard for both safety and evaluation of [vaccine] effectiveness”.

“I think in the long run what we will see, we will probably see soon, is that people will realize that we take security very seriously.”

The risk of developing a bleeding disorder after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is extremely low. The highest risk group appears to be women aged 30 to 39 years, in whom 11.8 cases have been recorded per million doses administered. Among men and women 50 years and older, there have been fewer than one case per million doses.

“We have analyzed it,” Fauci said. “Now let’s go back and vaccinate people. And that is what we are going to do, vaccinate as many people as possible ”.

Fauci said he hoped an updated guide on mask use for vaccinated people would be published soon. In the US, 28% of adults are fully vaccinated, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He said he was encouraged by the efficacy of available vaccines, but cautioned that the United States had yet to get Covid-19 under control. More than 568,000 people have died from the virus in the United States.

Across the country, people in their 20s, 30s and 40s account for a growing proportion of hospitalizations. Michigan has confirmed 91,000 new cases in the past two weeks, more than the two most populous states, California and Texas, combined.

The average of seven days of hospitalizations for Covid-19 last week was 38,550, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the peak of the pandemic, in December and January, the highest average was 123,907.

Most Michigan residents 65 and older have been vaccinated, but that doesn’t fully explain why cases have risen among those 60 and younger. Part of the change is attributed to the B117 virus variant, which is more contagious and more deadly, and a reduction in restrictions on food, crowds and the use of masks.

Dr. Mark Hamed, medical director of the emergency department at McKenzie Hospital in Sandusky, Michigan, said people may have fallen asleep with a false sense of security because the region got rid of rampant cases last year.

Many people are still not vaccinated and the area “is being seriously affected,” Hamed told the Associated Press. “Our ER is absolutely overwhelmed beyond belief.”

On ABC, Fauci was asked to address those who are hesitant to get vaccinated, including Republican Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, who has no medical background or medical background, but said this week there was no reason to “push” vaccines. to the American people.

“We have a very effective and very effective vaccine that is really very, very safe,” Fauci said. “That’s why you want everyone to get vaccinated, so I don’t understand the argument.”

Polls have shown Republicans to be one of the most vaccine-resistant groups. Democrats (67%) are more likely than independents (47%) and Republicans (36%) to report getting a first dose, according to a Monmouth University poll in early April.

Donald Trump, who downplayed the severity of the pandemic throughout 2020, has encouraged people to get vaccinated.

On Sunday, Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia encouraged people to get vaccinated, saying of Johnson: “I definitely think comments like that hurt. I believe that we should all have the confidence that we must not only protect ourselves, but also our communities and neighbors. We should get vaccinated. “

West Virginia was one of the first national leaders in launching vaccines and 28.8% of residents are now fully vaccinated.

“We’re starting to find that we have more vaccines than people who are willing to step up,” Capito, who has been vaccinated, told CNN State of the Union. “So I’m trying to do my best to say that it’s safe, it’s reliable, and it’s really about you and your neighbor.”


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