CDC advisory panel will meet again on J&J vaccine in a week

An independent advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will meet again next week to resume deliberating about the use of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine, agency director Rochelle Walensky said.

The meeting on April 23 will mark 10 days since federal regulators recommended a nationwide pause on the use of the vaccine due to a small number of extremely rare types of blood clots in people receiving the vaccines.

Every state has since suspended the use of J&J’s single-dose shot, and the company has paused its clinical trials, as well.

As the delay lengthens, there are worries both that the stoppage will lower the willingness of some members of the public to get vaccinated and that it is keeping millions of shots out of action while more than 700 people are still dying from COVID-19 every day.