‘On Friday we should have an answer’ on lifting J&J suspension: Fauci | JPNN us News

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are we going to be here two years from now wearing mascara i don’t ask dr fauci the same question well let me let me answer your thing again let me just not ranting yes you are i’m just asking you when is it going to end we’d like an answer or your best guess since you’ve got an answer for everything else well when we get the people in this country vaccinating the overwhelming majority of the people in the country and we project that that will very likely be sometime in the beginning to mid of the summer dr anthony fauci calmly testifying this week amid an alarming rise in covid cases and hospitalizations across much of the nation it all comes as federal health agencies maintain a pause on johnson and johnson’s vaccine over a rare clotting issue dr fauci joins us now good morning dr fauci the decision whether to continue the j and j vaccine what can you tell us this morning about where that stands well by friday martha we should have an answer as to where we’re going with it i would think that we’re not going to go beyond friday in in the extension of this pause there will very likely be a decision i don’t want to get ahead of them but i don’t think that they’re going to completely cancel because the data are such at least from what we see they’re looking to see if there are more cases but as you know and as we’ve said so many times it’s an extraordinarily rare event the pause was to take a look make sure we know all the information we can have within that time frame and also warn some of the physicians out there who might see people particularly women who have this particular adverse event that they treat them properly because one of the standard treatments for blood clots heparin is actually contraindicated but direct answer to your question we’ll know by friday where we’re going with this but but no indication they will stop using it at this point i really don’t think so martha i believe we’ll get back with it and it might be some restrictions not sure what that will be whether there’ll be age or sex or whether they’ll just come back with a warning of some sort i don’t want to get ahead of them but i believe that we’ll be back with some sort of indication a little bit different than we were before the pause and dr fetchy as you said this is a very rare disorder there have been six known cases of illness and one fatality out of seven million shots almost all of those affected were women in the 18 to 49 age group so why not just pause that age group and women well the reason martha is they want to make sure that they’re not missing something because often times when you’re dealing with adverse events you get an indication that something is wrong which is what those six cases were a bit of a red flag then when you look more deeply into it you see other things so if you’re going to pause you might as well just pause period and then get back into it as soon as you possibly can that’s why i’m saying i hope and believe that friday will be back on track again but you want to make sure you don’t assume you know everything when actually you don’t you know even before the pause you know this well there was concern especially among republican voters about getting a vaccine at all two in five republicans in polls say they want to avoid the vaccine altogether so how do you de-politicize the vaccine and can you reach hurt immunity if that many people don’t get vaccinated well that will be a problem author if we get a substantial proportion of people not getting vaccinated what we are doing is we’re trying to get by our community core trusted messages that anyone would feel comfortable with listening to whether you’re a republican or democrat an independent or whomever you are that you’re comfortable and these are people in the community they could be sports figures they could be entertainers they could be clergy they could be people who the community trust and we want to go that way to get people to understand how important it is not only for your own health but also for the health of your family and ultimately as you alluded to for the health of the country because when you get an overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated for absolutely certain you’re going to see those numbers start coming down which will make it better for everyone right now we’re in somewhat of a precarious position we’re having a seven day average of over 60 000 new infections per day that’s a place you don’t want to be and we’ll get out of that place the more and more people get vaccinated and fortunately we’re vaccinating at least three to three to four million people a day and we’re getting out there about 30 million vaccinations per week that’s good news we’ve got to keep that up but we also have to make sure that people don’t throw caution to the wind and declare victory prematurely that’s not the time to do that and doctor fletcher we just have about 20 seconds left pfizer ceo said a third dose of their vaccine would be needed within a year of the initial vaccination uh moderna j have said the same do you have any indication when we will know this and is there a plan in place yeah what you do marty is you take a look at the uh the level of what we would consider a correlate of immunity be it an antibody and when the slope starts coming down you could predict when you’re going to get below the safe level or you could start seeing breakthrough infections i believe by the time we get to the end of the summer and the beginning of the fall we’ll have a pretty good idea whether we definitely or not need to give people boosts and when we need to give it to them.

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