Regulators have recommended suspending the use of the vaccine after several cases of brain thrombosis.
A decision on whether to resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could be made as early as Friday, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking on CBS on Sunday.
“I do not know if there were other cases. We’ll know by Friday, and I’ll be very surprised if the resumption doesn’t happen in one form or another by Friday. A decision will almost certainly be made by Friday,” Fauci said.
US regulators recently recommended suspending the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six cases of rare brain clots in women out of 7 million people who received the vaccine in the United States.
An advisory group of the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to meet on April 23 to discuss the next steps for the vaccine.
Fauci said he doesn’t know what the final decision will be, noting that there are several possibilities.
“One option is to return to using it, but with some restrictions or warnings. I think we will know the answer by Friday,” he added.