The team decides that more time is needed to evaluate the information and risks, and will not vote for any suggestions unless it is made again.
United States- An advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) met on Wednesday to discuss its decision on Tuesday to suspend the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine because the vaccine may be associated with very few blood clots.
After extensive discussions in the afternoon, the group decided that more time was needed to assess the information and risks, and unless they met again within a week or ten days, they would not vote for any suggestions.
Prior to the emergency meeting, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it was studying 6 rare and severe blood clot cases among women aged 18 to 48, including one death.
Although it is not clear whether the vaccine has any effect, all women have been vaccinated against Johnson & Johnson before the onset of illness. Information provided by the CDC shows that as of Tuesday, more than 7 million people in the United States have been vaccinated with the vaccine, and another 10 million doses have been sent to states.
After a call from the federal health agency on Tuesday, all 50 states in Washington, DC and Puerto Rico quickly stopped vaccine administration. It has also been discontinued in private companies such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart and Publix.
The Immunization Practice Advisory Committee is a group of independent experts responsible for advising on the CDC’s vaccination policy. At the meeting, experts reviewed and discussed blood clot information, including the seventh case, and listened to public opinions before voting on how to proceed.
Compared with the case where thousands of people develop clots each year, the clot disease of people who receive the vaccine is different and much rarer. All seven women not only had blood clots in the brain, but also had very low platelet levels, and part of the blood in the blood helped to form normal blood clots. Three of them have large dangerous clots in other parts of the body and in the brain.