A US committee of experts recommends Pfizer and Moderna vaccines over Johnson & Johnson.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization voted unanimously to recommend Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for adults in all age groups, although it is by no means mandatory. Today, a group of external consultants from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came to this verdict due to the rare but deadly side effects of Johnson & Johnson. The recommendation still needs to be approved by the CDC.
Discussions focused on cases of thrombocytopenic syndrome (TTS) in people who received the J&J vaccine, especially women under the age of 50. The syndrome is more common than previously thought, according to the CDC, in both women and men. At least 9 people have died in the United States from thrombosis syndrome.
The committee also found that Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine was not as effective as the other two. But they are confident that it must remain available, especially for people who are contraindicated for messenger RNA vaccines or if they are simply not available. Sarah Oliver, spokeswoman for the CDC, says:
“If no other vaccine is available, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine offers more benefits for Covid-19 than risks.”
And Beth Bell, a committee member, points out:
“I would not recommend Johnson & Johnson to my family members. On the other hand, we have to recognize that different people make different choices, and if they are properly informed, I don’t think we should deprive them of this opportunity. ”
Of the 200 million fully vaccinated Americans, approximately 16 million are vaccinated by J&J, the Athens News Agency reports, citing CDC figures.