Fauci Defends Halting J&J Vaccine: ‘I Don’t Think it Was Pulling the Trigger too Quickly’

Dr. Anthony Fauci defended Tuesday’s recommendation for a “pause” on the distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, even as he assured reporters that those who had already received it would be “OK.”

“The pause not only allows us to take a look at the cases and learn more, but it is also a signal out there to help the physicians,” Fauci said, referencing a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration that distribution of J&J’s vaccine temporarily end. Officials are investigating a “rare and severe” blood clot that developed in six women after they had received the vaccine, including one who died.

Fauci said the approximately 6.85 million Americans had already
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