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Dr. Anthony Fauci expects officials to make a decision on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Friday — and he “very seriously” doubts that regulators will decide to scrap it entirely.
“My estimate is that we will continue to use it in some form. I doubt very seriously if they just cancel it,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.
But Fauci said he anticipates regulators to issue a warning or restrictions after a handful of recipients of the one-dose show developed severe blood clots, including one woman who died.
“I do think that there will likely be some sort of warning or restriction or risk assessment. I don’t think it’s just going to go back and say, ‘Okay, everything’s fine. Go right back,’” he siad.
“I think it’ll likely say, “Okay, we’re going to use it but be careful under these certain circumstances.”
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel is expected to meet Friday to discuss whether the pause issued last week on the vaccine should continue. The members met Wednesday last week but decided to delay a vote pending more evidence.
Fauci said Sunday he expects federal health officials to release a decision by the day of Friday’s meeting.
“I think by that time we’re gonna have a decision. Though I don’t want to get ahead of the CDC and the and the FDA and the advisory committee, but I would imagine that, what we will see is that it would come back and it would come back in some sort of either wanting a restriction,” Fauci said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I hope that we don’t see anything extended beyond Friday. We need to get Friday some decision one way or the other,” he added.
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