White House, Fauci defend health agencies' call to pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said he was told about the health agencies' recommendation to pause the J & J vaccine on Monday night
White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday defended the decision by the FDA and the CDC to pause administering the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, saying the federal agencies are following the science.

"We want the agencies to lead with science," Zients told reporters in the White House briefing room of the surprise "pause" of the vaccine recommended by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while they investigate a potential link to very rare blood clots.

Six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed the clots after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccination. One person died, and another is in critical condition, the FDA said.

Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, noted that close to 7 million people have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, and the reported problems "are less than one in a million."

He said the pause will allow health officials to determine if there were…
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