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Anthony Fauci at a subcomittee hearing on the coronavirus crisis on April 15. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP Photo/Bloomberg via Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci said he expects a decision on resuming the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Friday after a CDC panel meets to discuss the issue, he told NBC's Meet the Press.

Why it matters: Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said she expected the vaccine's pause to only last "a matter of days," as health officials investigated data on the "extremely rare" blood clots that caused the agency to recommend a halt to J&J vaccinations last week.

  • Americans' confidence in the safety of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine took a big dip after the pause in its use, although any risk from blood clots following the shot is extremely low, if it exists at all.
  • The White House said last week that a pause of the J&J vaccine "will not have a significant impact" on the administration's vaccination plans.

What he's saying: "I think by Friday we'll know which way we're going on this. Hopefully we'll get back on track,"Fauci told Meet the Press. "But I don't think there's going to be anything that'll linger beyond that. I hope not. I don't think so."

  • "My estimate is that we will continue to use it in some form. I doubt very seriously if they just cancel it."
  • "I do think that there will likely be some sort of warning or restriction or risk assessment. I don't think it's just going to go back and say, 'Okay, everything's fine. Go right back.' I think it'll likely say, 'Okay, we're going to use it but be careful under these certain circumstances.'"

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Biden and Obamas to star in COVID vaccination TV special

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President Biden, former President Obama and Michelle Obama are joining a slew of stars for an NBC special this weekend that aims to raise awareness of COVID-19 vaccines, dispel myths and boost inoculation rates.

What to expect: In Sunday's "Roll Up Your Sleeves" special, hosted by NFL quarterback Russell Wilson and actor-singer Ciara, Biden will urge Americans to "beat the pandemic, protect loved ones and continue the road to recovery," according to a statement from NBC.

Apr 17, 2021 - Health

Telehealth brings moms-to-be improved care

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Racial disparities have been a constant problem in maternal health care, from rising death rates to the threat of severe COVID-19 among pregnant women. But now experts are hopeful that telehealth can help narrow those disparities.

Why it matters: It's not a complete solution to the racial barriers women of color face. But some experts are optimistic that telehealth — long-distance health care through videoconferences and other technology — can help reduce those barriers by offering flexibility in appointments and better access to diverse providers.