Half of adults in the US have had at least one coronavirus vaccine, as the nation could resume administering the Johnson & Johnson jab that was shelved due to blood clot cases.

Nearly 130million Americans 18 years and older, or 50.4% of the adult population, have received a Covid-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Sunday. Of them, almost 84million adults, or 32.5%, have been fully vaccinated, meaning they got two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna injections or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson jab.

The announcement came the same day that the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, said that the government will probably resume using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. The CDC and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suddenly halted the jab on April 13 after six blood clot cases out of more than 7million injections. All the cases were women between 18 and 48 years old and one patient died.

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Fauci said CDC advisers who have been reviewing the injection will meet on Friday and he expects a decision by then. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine could return with a warning for those taking it, or restrictions around gender or age.

‘I would be very surprised if we don’t have a resumption in some form by Friday’, Fauci said. ‘I don’t really anticipate that they’re going to want it stretch it out a bit longer’.

Regarding whether the Johnson & Johnson jab could be suspended permanently, Fauci said: ‘I don’t think that’s going to happen’.

On Monday, President Joe Biden marked the day that every American became eligible for a coronavirus vaccine and urged: ‘For yourself, your neighbors, and your family – please, get your vaccine’.  

As of Monday, the US has seen more than 31.6million Covid-19 cases and more than 567,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Bloomberg reported on Sunday that 209million doses of vaccines have been given so far.

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