Pause & Review

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A woman receives a dose of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at vaccination center in Chinatown, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., April 6, 2021. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is on pause, out of an abundance of caution, federal officials say. Out of more than 7 million J&J doses administered so far, there have been six incidents of a rare and serious kind of blood clot. The idea for the pause is to figure out whether anything needs to change about the use of this particular vaccine, but are there unintended consequences? Josh Barro and panelists Jamelle Bouie and Lanhee Chen discuss that, plus President Biden’s effort to raise corporate taxes and alternative proposals from Republicans, and new sanctions against Russia over the SolarWinds hack. Andrea Kendall-Taylor, formerly the senior intelligence officer who led the U.S. intelligence community’s strategic analysis on Russia from 2015-18, talks about the design of this sanctions package and what it shows about the Biden administration’s strategy for advancing American interests through diplomacy.

Finally, there has been outrage this week over two fatal shootings by police of two young men, Daunte Wright in Minnesota and Adam Toledo in Chicago, that should have been avoided. The panel discusses accountability for police officers and what can be done to reduce the use of deadly force by police in this country.



  • Andrea Kendall-Taylor - Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS); former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia, National Intelligence Council - @akendalltaylor


Sara Fay