About one in five Americans say they will never get the COVID-19 vaccine if they can avoid it, according to a new study done just before the United States paused vaccinations against Johnson and Johnson because of an extremely rare blood clot problem. threatening to postpone America’s vaccination campaign.
The FDA and CDC say they are investigating potentially dangerous blood clots that have occurred in only six women from the nearly 7 million doses of Johnson & Johson vaccine that have been given so far. One woman died.
Despite what appears to be an extremely rare risk, the break could threaten Americans ‘confidence in vaccines, as Europeans̵
The temporary pause in the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed at Oxford University, has led to declining confidence in vaccines in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and other European Union countries, according to a study by YouGov.
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Dr Anthony Fauchi said the blood clotting problems surrounding the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were similar.
“There are some pretty strong similarities in terms of timing after vaccination, especially, more importantly, the clinical syndrome of these clots along with low platelets, so there are many similarities that you just can’t miss,” Dr. Fauci told NBC. on Wednesday.
The CDC called blood clotting problems “extremely rare,” and the acting FDA commissioner expects the break to last only a few days as agencies review the safety of the vaccine.
Johnson & Johnson said they were temporarily halting the spread of vaccines in Europe while reviewing the vaccines.
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The pause is unlikely to help convince 21% of Americans who now say they will not receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a statistically insignificant three-point poll in January and March from the University of Monmouth.
Just over half, 51% of Americans say they have received at least one dose, and another 14% say they will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available.
The break could also hurt vaccination campaigns in Europe, Africa and other parts of the world. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has shown promise because of its one-time regimen and ease of transport.
While the pause may dissuade some Americans from getting the vaccine, the Biden administration said it hoped it would have the opposite effect.
White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said the pause “should reassure the American public that it will be very careful and conservative about the way it approaches vaccines.”
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President Biden said Tuesday that America already has enough doses for every American without the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
“My message to the American people about the vaccine is, I told you all. I made sure we had 600 million doses of [Pfizer and Moderna]”the president told reporters on Tuesday.” So there is enough vaccine, which is actually 100% indisputable for any single American. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.