Extending the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause for a Week Was a Deadly Mistake

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Sturm College of Law


Johnson & Johnson, Vaccines, CDC, Immunization, Public health


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) this week made no recommendation on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, meaning the CDC's initial decision to pause administration of the vaccine will likely remain in place until at least next Friday.

As a result, 10 million doses of the vaccine will sit unused in refrigerators as hundreds of thousands of Americans are infected with COVID-19. As infections and hospitalizations rise in many states, slowing down vaccinations was a deadly mistake.

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