Home News White House didn’t know about J&J vaccine pause before anyone else

White House didn’t know about J&J vaccine pause before anyone else

8
0


The White House didn’t learn that federal health officials were going to recommend the Johnson & Johnson vaccine be pulled from use until Tuesday morning — along with the rest of the country, the administration claimed.

“We were notified last night that there would be an announcement this morning,” Jeff Zients, President Biden’s point man for the country’s response to the coronavirus, told reporters at a press briefing.

“There was no heads-up here” on what the announcement by the FDA and CDC would be, Zients said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases doctor, stressed to reporters that the risk of a potential blood clot from the vaccine was “less than 1 in a million” — but insisted that the two federal agencies were still appropriately cautious in yanking the immunization when they did.

“I don’t think it was pulling the trigger too quickly,” he said of the move to recommend a “pause” on the J&J shot’s distribution.

COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients answers questions during a news conference on April 12, 2021.
COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients answers questions during a news conference on April 12, 2021.
Leigh Vogel / Pool/Sipa USA

“You want to make sure that safety is the important issue here. We are totally aware that is a very rare event. We want to get this worked out as quickly as we can,” Fauci said.

“I think this is an unusual occurrence of a serious adverse event that you want to make sure before you go forward, you want to investigate thoroughly.”

Neither of the other two coronavirus vaccines on the US market, Pfizer and Moderna, have had similar “red flags,” Fauci noted.

The White House announced Tuesday after the FDA and CDC recommendation that it was halting use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at federal sites. A slew of states and cities have already followed suit at their facilities, including New York and the Big Apple.

A woman receives a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 5, 2021.
A woman receives a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 5, 2021.
KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Nearly 7 million Americans have received the J&J vaccine to date.

Six women out of that number developed the dangerous blood clot, including one who died.

Fauci said the women got the clots between six and 13 days after being vaccinated. They were between the ages of 18 and 48.

He said the “pause” in administering the J&J shot will allow scientists to determine whether there are any “common denominators among the women,” as well as make doctors are aware of the potential warning signs around it.

Fauci said he can’t guarantee that the vaccine will “come back” to the market.

The White House announced Tuesday after the FDA and CDC recommendation that it was halting use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at federal sites.
The White House announced Tuesday after the FDA and CDC recommendation that it was halting use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at federal sites.
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

“Often when you see things like this, you pause and come back. Whether or not that happens now, I can’t guarantee it,” the top doc said. “But I can tell you that’s exactly what the CDC and FDA people will be deciding on and looking at very carefully.”

He said he would tell people who have received the vaccine, “First of all, don’t get an anxiety reaction because remember, it’s less than one in a million” who have issues.

“Having said that, pay attention … to those symptoms” suffered by some people after receiving J&J shot, which include severe headaches, stomach and leg pain and shortness of breath, Fauci said.

Zients said the government has enough of a supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to make up for the tens of millions of Johnson & Johnson immunizations it has been scheduled to receive and dole out.

“We are now working with our state and federal partners to get everyone scheduled for a J&J vaccine to get quickly rescheduled for a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, and we’re really seeing that [already] today,” he said.

“The most important thing is that the supply exists” of the other vaccines, Zients said.

Six women developed the dangerous version of a blood clot after taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, including one who died.
Six women developed the dangerous blood clot after taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, including one who died.
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo/File Photo

The officials were pressed on how the pause would affect public opinion on getting immunized — an issue many communities have struggled with.

Fauci insisted the fact that the federal agencies are being so cautious “shows how seriously we take safety.

“I think it’s a very strong argument for safety,” he said, adding of Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines, “This is an extraordinary safety record that the others have.”

Zients called the FDA “the gold standard for ensuring safety in the effectiveness of the vaccines.

“I think we need to continue to be transparent about what the science is telling us,” he said of boosting public confidence in the government’s vaccination program. “We do need to continue to build confidence, and that’s done at the community level.”



Previous articleKim Potter could face manslaughter rap in Daunte Wright shooting: experts
Next articleJake Paul accused of sexual assault by TikTok star Justine Paradise

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here