CTT #36: Is the J&J vaccine scare an overreaction or scientifically valid?

The FDA has recommended a temporary pause of the J&J vaccine until scientists can sort out what’s causing a rare (and, in one case, fatal) blood clot in a six women who received the vaccine. Recently, a CDC advisory panel opted to delay its vote on the safety of the J&J vaccine, needing more data and information before rendering its verdict.

In this episode of Coronavirus: The Truth, Jeremy Corr and Dr. Robert Pearl look deeper at the scientific details, facts, and next steps concerning the J&J vaccine. Here are the questions that were asked and answered [and when] on this week’s show:

[00:56] Each show begins with the most recent and relevant facts concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on American life. What’s happening and what does it mean?

[04:44] Dozens of listeners have asked about the J&J vaccine. What’s happening with Johnson & Johnson and the rare blood-clot in question?

[16:36] What’s the difference between an anti-vaxxer and someone who’s vaccine-hesitant?

[17:55] Is one vaccine safer and more effective than the others?

[20:44] Is it likely the the mRNA research that led to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines lead to future vaccines against other viruses, such as malaria?

[24:41] What do we know about the psychological impact of getting Covid-19?

[26:25] What do scientists know about the transmissibility and lethality of the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 from the United Kingdom.?

[28:46] What’s good this week?

[32:27] Pfizer’s CEO predicts we’ll need booster shots in the future. Why did he say that and how often would we need them?

[34:50] Has the bruhaha over the J&J vaccine affected people’s overall perception of vaccine safety?

[37:49] How can we close the perception gap between vaccine hesitant Americans and those who desire to see our country achieve herd immunity?

[42:28] What should parents know about Covid-19 this week?

[45:36] We saw public health officials tout “wear a mask, stay at home, and get the vaccine” early and often. Why haven’t they championed a similar approach for dealing with our nation’s obesity problem?

[52:48] In Europe, cases are spiking and hospitals are filling up. What’s going on?

This episode is available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotify and other podcast platforms.

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1 thought on “CTT #36: Is the J&J vaccine scare an overreaction or scientifically valid?

  1. Carlos Arteta Reply

    Thank you so much for this excellent podcast series!

    In minute 2:03, when talking about the percentages of the population with at least 1 vaccine dose, Dr. Pearl says that “the only country with a higher vaccination rate [than the US] is Israel”. However, according to https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations, by the time this podcast was published, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, and possibly Chile, also had higher percentages of vaccinated population than the US.

    Would it be possible to know what are your preferred sources of stats for vaccination worldwide?

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