“I think there’s probably going to be some kind of warning, restriction, or risk assessment. I don’t think it’s going to just go back and say ‘OK, it’s fine’ and go back, ‘ he added. “I think it’ll probably say, ‘OK, we’ll use it. But be careful under these certain circumstances.'”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended suspending use of the J&J vaccine due to rare but serious blood clots.
A CDC vaccine advisory committee is scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss concerns about the vaccine. The panel met on Wednesday, but delayed voting on whether and how to limit J&J based on gender or age.
Asked if the public will at least know something more definitive when the advisory committee meets at the end of the week, the Fauci replied: “I’m pretty sure.”
“I think by Friday we will know which direction we are going. I hope we get back on track,” Fauci said. “But I don’t think there will be anything left beyond that. I hope not. I don’t think so.”
Speaking on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” Fauci said reporting the problem with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has proven how effectively the government is monitoring the safety of the vaccines used.
“One of the things you can take away from all of this is that when the surveillance system, the CDC, and the FDA say something is safe, you can be sure it is safe,” he said.