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CDC panel to meet again next week on J&J vaccine pause

Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials against the COVID-19 coronavirus are seen at the Klerksdorp Hospital as South Africa proceeds with its inoculation campaign on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials against the COVID-19 coronavirus are seen at the Klerksdorp Hospital as South Africa proceeds with its inoculation campaign on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials against the COVID-19 coronavirus are seen on February 18, 2021. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:30 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet again to decide the fate of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the U.S.

During an advisory conference on Friday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the meeting would happen on April 23.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaks during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on the Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Amr Alfiky/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spoke during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on the Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Amr Alfiky/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

 

This came after the agency paused the use of the J&J vaccine amid reports of blood clots in about six women. Every state has now put a hold on distributing the vaccine.

Walensky said there is a possibility of more blood clot cases being reported.

“What I would say to the American people is that what we found is really, extremely rare cases through our vaccine safety monitoring system, and that we are transparently, this meeting on Friday will be public,” Walensky explained. “We’ve reached out to over 10,000 providers to ensure that they know what kinds of cases to look for and to do that outreach.”

“We want to convey to the American public we have two vaccines that are readily available, the Pfizer and the Moderna,” Walensky added. “People should continue to roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated.”

The independent panel suggested they needed more data and more time to look at both the risk and the risk benefit analysis regarding the J&J shot.

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