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Dr. Fauci Just Said Something About J&J Every American Should Hear

“You want to look around and say, maybe there were others that had been reported.
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Today, the CDC's vaccine advisory committee will meet to discuss Johnson and Johnson's coronavirus vaccine, and the related blood clot issues, which led to America pausing administration of the vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke about that pause on CNN's New Day just moments ago. "Six cases out of 7 million doses that is literally less than one in a million. Why is that enough to justify a pause?" asked the New Day anchor John Berman. Read on for Fauci's answer—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.


Dr. Fauci Says The J&J Vaccine Was Paused Because There May Be More Cases

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So why the pause? "What the CDC and the FDA wanted to do is, they were accumulating a recognition of the cases—first one, two, then three, when they got to six, they decided let's just pause. Very likely, quite temporary, but just pause to take a good look at this and maybe get some more details and see if in fact that there are others, perhaps many others, and then we'll find out what we're going to do and then move on from there." So could there be more than six??? Fauci cautioned that he wasn't saying there was. "I'm just saying that, that that's one of the reasons, because when you put a pause, you want to look around and say, maybe there were others that had been reported and we don't know about it. So let's take a quick look, get everybody to get a heads up and alert to it and then see if there are any of the cases, right?"


Dr. Fauci Said The Pause Will Help Inform Doctors How to Treat These Blood Clots

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Dr. Fauci said these blood clots need to be treated differently than others, and this pause will allow doctors to get up to speed on this issue. "If there are women out there who have been vaccinated and who get this syndrome, that is very serious syndrome—rare abeit—if they did, they wanted to make the doctors out there who know about this to make sure they treat the person correctly," said Dr. Fauci. "Because the standard way that you treat clots is by an anticoagulant called heparin. Heparin is contra-indicated in this situation and might make matters worse."


Dr. Fauci Said He Felt the Pause Was Proof the CDC Takes Safety Seriously

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Berman read Fauci a quote from Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, who "said it's very hard as governors to go out and, and explain that we're pausing based on something that is as according to Dr. Fauci, a one in a million occurrence." "You can take that on the other side of that coin," said Dr. Fauci, "because I know when I go out there and talk to people about hesitancy, the overwhelming reason for that is a concern about safety. So if there's a concern about a hesitancy out there, the fact that this was done would in my mind underscore and confirm how seriously we take safety, even though it's a very rare event. So if anybody's got a doubt that they may not be taking safety very seriously, I think this is an affirmation. That safety is a primary consideration when it comes to the FDA and the CDC, that's why it was done. And that's why it's a pause. It isn't a cancellation." 


When Will We Know if the J&J Vaccine is Safe?

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"Speaking to the CDC and the FDA is very likely going to be more days to weeks than weeks to months," said Dr. Fauci. "I doubt very seriously if we're talking about weeks to months."


Dr. Fauci Says There's No Reason to Doubt the Vaccines' Safety Overall

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Dr. Fauci understands why some people would want to "wait and see" before getting their vaccine, but "let's look at the data," he said. "We have close to 130 million people who have already received at least one dose of this. I mean, that's a lot of people. I mean, how long do you want to wait and see, I mean, you have almost half the country has received at least one dose. So I think we've had enough wait and see, let's do it."

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Dr. Fauci Said Be Careful Out There—There's Still a Lot of Virus

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There are still too many cases a day for anyone to relax precautions, even if deaths are slowing. "If you look at the people who are most vulnerable to death, namely the elderly, we know that from experience now over, greater than a year, there's more than 76% of people over 65 who have been vaccinated," said Dr. Fauci. "So, I mean, there, you have it, the most vulnerable to the extent of the relative proportion are protected. So even though you're seeing people infected because there's as you know, a race, as I've said so many times, John, a race between getting as many people vaccinated as possible with the virus itself, surging or trying to surge, you know, it's creeping up around 80,000. That's a very high number, 80,000 per day. As we get more and more people that 3 to 4 million people per day vaccinated, the vaccine component of this race is going to get stronger and stronger. And then you're going to start to see the cases come down." So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek