FDA panel gives Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine green light – CNET

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The third coronavirus vaccine has been recommended unanimously by an FDA panel.


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An advisory panel for the US Food and Drug Administration has recommended Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine be given the green light by the FDA. The vote came Friday afternoon from the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee unanimously voted to approve the vaccine

The next step will be emergency approval from the FDA itself. 

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Johnson & Johnson submitted an application requesting the FDA grant emergency use authorization for the vaccine in early February a week after announcing its single-dose vaccine was 66% effective overall in preventing COVID-19 in a global clinical trial.

It would be the third vaccine on the US market, following the FDA granting emergency use authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines in December, with vaccinations beginning just days later. Those vaccines are said to be 95% and 94% effective, respectively. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine only requires a single shot.

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced that the US is buying enough doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to cover 300 million people in the country by the end of July — though this doesn’t mean everyone will be vaccinated by then.

“We’ve now purchased enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all Americans,” Biden said. Actually administering the vaccines to all Americans could take longer because vaccinations are managed at a state and local level.

Here’s where to get a COVID-19 shot, and how to track how many vaccines are available in your state.

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