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Dr Fauci expects decision on Johnson & Johnson vaccine as soon as Apr 23

Dr Fauci expects decision on Johnson & Johnson vaccine as soon as Apr 23

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo/File Photo

WASHINGTON: A decision on whether to resume use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine could come as soon as Friday (Apr 23), Dr Anthony Fauci told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, adding that he would not be surprised if there is a "resumption in some form".

"I don't know if there have been further cases. We will know that by Friday, and I would be very surprised ... if we don't have a resumption in some form by Friday. A decision almost certainly will be made by Friday," Fauci said.

US health regulators recommended last week that use of the J&J vaccine be paused after reports of six cases of rare brain blood clots in women, out of some 7 million people who have received the shot in the United States.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel is set to meet on Apr 23 to discuss the next steps for the vaccine.

READ: How worried should we be about blood clots linked to AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines?

Fauci said he does not know what the final decision will be, but he said there are a few possibilities.

"One of the possibilities would be to bring them back, but to do it with some form of restriction or some form of warning. But I believe by Friday, we're going to know the answer to that," he added.

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