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Technology CDC and FDA leaning toward resuming J&J vaccine, sources say

02:05  23 april  2021
02:05  23 april  2021 Source:   cbsnews.com

'The benefits outweigh the risks': It's time to allow J&J's COVID-19 vaccine again, public health experts say

  'The benefits outweigh the risks': It's time to allow J&J's COVID-19 vaccine again, public health experts say A government advisory committee will meet Friday to determine whether to lift the hold on the single-dose vaccine hailed as a "game-changer."A number of experts said they expect a government advisory committee, which will meet Friday for the second time in less than two weeks, to lift the hold on the shot. Depending on what it learns about a mysterious blood clotting ailment, the committee might add an age restriction or simply a warning label to the vaccine.

Federal health authorities are leaning toward recommending that use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine resume , possibly as soon as this weekend — a move that would include a new warning about a rare complication involving blood clots but probably not call for age restrictions. If the CDC advisory committee votes Friday that the vaccine pause should be lifted, the CDC and FDA could recommend the resumption of the shots within hours or days. That outcome would be good news for many state officials eager to begin using the one-dose vaccine again. But if the advisory panel has a

The country’s vaccine committee has not yet announced whether it will limit the shot’s use to a particular age group. Germany recommends AstraZeneca’s vaccine for the over-60s, but allows it for younger people if they have been informed of the risk. The European commission has repeatedly said member states will have received enough doses to meet the target of fully vaccinating 70% of the adult population – a level epidemiologists consider to be sufficient for herd immunity – by mid-July.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are leaning toward resuming use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with a warning about blood clots, sources told CBS News. A decision is expected Friday, more than a week after the vaccine's distribution was paused following reports of rare but dangerous blood clots in eight people under the age of 50.

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"I think too many people may be scared off by taking the vaccine. They shouldn't be, but perception is everything when it comes to vaccines," said Dr. Peter Hotez, who works at the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.

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The CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance, and the FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. “Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution. The White House said Tuesday that the FDA 's recommendation that the U.S. pause use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine "will not have a significant impact" on the administration's vaccination plans.Why it matters: The Biden

" CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance," the statement said . Tuesday evening, Johnson & Johnson said it will pause vaccinations in all of its Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials while they "update guidance for investigators and participants." "We have been working closely with medical experts and health authorities, and we strongly support the open communication of this information to healthcare professionals and the public," J & J 's statement said in

The decision comes as the fight against the coronavirus may have reached a crossroads. Long waits for shots are now giving way to empty vaccination sites as vaccine supply is expected to soon outpace demand. Some mass vaccinations sites are now allowing walk-ins and drive-ups for anyone — no appointment necessary — to get shots in as many arms as possible.

"We're about at the point where any American who wants to get a vaccine can get a vaccine, and that's what you need to get to that 80% threshold for when life can resume back to normal," Hotez said.

More than 135 million Americans — 40% of the population — have received at least one COVID-19 shot. But vaccinations are lagging in the deep South and parts of the Midwest. Nationwide, there was an 11% week-over-week drop.

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Federal health authorities are leaning toward recommending that use of J & J 's coronavirus vaccine resume , the Washington Post reported. The decision could be made as soon as this weekend - a move that would include a new warning about a rare complication involving blood clots. "Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare," the FDA and CDC said in a joint statement at the time. "COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously."

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday that she would "stand by to review" the ACIP's recommendation and be "ready to sign." Dr. Rochelle Walensky's green light comes after an advisory panel to the CDC voted unanimously to recommend the use of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine . "Today marks an encouraging step toward an end to the #COVID19 pandemic," Walensky wrote on Twitter. "I have now signed CDC 's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' (ACIP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of Janssen's COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 & up."

Some areas are refusing vaccine shipments. More than 60 of the 105 counties in Kansas turned them down this week because they would go unused.

"If you look at the lowest vaccination rates in the country right now, they're overwhelmingly red states," Hotez said. "I believe a lot of that is due to vaccine hesitancy and refusal among, as all the polls say, conservative and Republican groups."

Experts like virologist Ben Neuman say it's important not to give the virus a chance.

"What we're fighting here is basically a scorched earth battle. We are trying to take away all the food, sustenance and comfort that this virus needs in order to grow," said Neuman, a virologist at Texas A&M University.

Neuman recently identified three new variants in Texas. One, he said, has the potential to be much more transmissible and resistant to antibodies.

Amid COVID-19 fatigue, the CDC says it will soon issue new guidelines on outdoor mask use. A new study has also found pregnant women who contract COVID-19 have higher rates of complications, including pre-term births. A preliminary study from the CDC found that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe for pregnant women.

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