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Johnson & Johnson's vaccine shutdown may last only days, but the impact will be long-lasting and dangerous

2021-04-14T16:08:34.636Z

The decision was taken as a “precaution”, according to Fauci, but it is affecting the confidence of citizens, it will have an impact on the rate of vaccination, and it will especially harm vulnerable groups.



Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and advisor to the White House against the coronavirus pandemic, said on Wednesday that the pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was taken as a "precaution" and could be resolved in a matter of days.

But the damage done to public confidence can be much more lasting and even lethal. 

"Do not worry too much. It is a very, very rare event," he said Wednesday in reference to the adverse effects of the vaccine in an interview on NBC News. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to stop the use of this vaccine on Tuesday after a small number of people experienced "a rare and severe type of blood clot. "after receiving the injection.

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Of the more than

7 million doses of the vaccine

that have been administered in the country,

only six cases of clots have been registered so far in women

between 18 and 48 years old, between 6 and 13 days after being immunized.

One of them died and another is in critical condition, according to the FDA.

All of them were diagnosed with clots in the veins that drain blood from the brain.

Fauci emphasized that people who have been vaccinated for weeks without presenting any symptoms can rest easy. 

"It is less than one case per million," he

said.

In fact, the risk is even lower than that of women who take the contraceptive pill: about one in every 1,000 women who take it suffers from such a problem.

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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is debating this Wednesday in an open session to the public whether the vaccine should continue to be used.

This group of experts, which advises the CDC on who should get the vaccines and how they should be used, plans to review the clinical data collected to date on the six women who developed clots.

The 14 members of the committee are independent physicians and public health experts from the CDC, with voting rights.

They are referred to the CDC director, who decides whether to make their recommendations policy.

The FDA will also review the committee's recommendations.

The damage is done

Despite the attempt by the health authorities to reassure the population about the decision made regarding the vaccine, the damage has already been done.

Thousands of people have seen their appointment canceled,

from those who were to receive it at mobile clinics in rural areas in northern Columbus, Ohio, to confined seniors in Chicago or students at public universities in New York.

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These types of people were the ideal candidates for this vaccine since it is a single dose (unlike those of Pfizer and Moderna).

And they are, therefore, the most affected.

Although the White House affirmed Tuesday that the stoppage of the vaccine will not have "a significant impact" in its fight against the coronavirus.

"The Johnson & Johnson vaccine represents less than 5% of the vaccines reported in the United States to date," said Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator.

He also specified that the country will continue with the current rate of three million vaccines administered per day.

"Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe. All Americans should get the second dose," he stressed at a press conference on Tuesday. 

However, the White House has recognized this Wednesday that the change in the vaccines to be administered will have a short-term impact on the number of daily immunizations.

The director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, has also encouraged citizens to continue getting vaccinated, opting for Pfizer or Moderna over Johnson & Johnson while the future of this vaccine is clarified. 

With information from NBC NEWS, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and El País.

Source: telemundo

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