JOHNSON & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine was endorsed by a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday, clearing a hurdle for a third jab to fight the virus.
The advisory panel on a 22-0 vote recommended that the FDA grant emergency authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine.
An FDA panel granted emergency authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine on Friday
More than 508,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the US
The FDA could give the green light for the jab as soon as Saturday.
Next, the Johnson & Johnson jab must receive a recommendation from a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel set to meet Sunday.
Once the CDC accepts its panel’s recommendation, the new injections can be distributed and administered.
“We are on the precipice of having another vaccine in our toolbox,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Friday.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is single-dose unlike the two existing jabsCredit: AP:Associated Press
“Having an additional safe and effective vaccine will help protect more people faster.”
Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson jab is administered one time and does not need to be frozen to be shipped and stored before use.
Johnson & Johnson’s jab was 85 percent effective against severe Covid-19 cases and 66 percent effective in protecting against moderate and severe illness, four weeks after being administered.
It also prevented hospitalizations and deaths.
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine does not need to be frozen for shipping and storageCredit: AFP or licensors
Johnson & Johnson’s injection comes as the Biden administration makes a hard push to make vaccines available to all Americans who want to take them by the end of July.
“We need vaccines that are effective and well-tolerated,” the Mayo Clinic’s vaccine research group director Gregory Poland told the FDA panel.
“And importantly, ones that are simple to deploy.”
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