Senior Biden administration officials said Sunday that Johnson & Johnson’s first shots of the coronavirus vaccine could be administered as early as Tuesday.
The drugmaker, who got signed off over the weekend for emergency use of his vaccine from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is expected to deliver 4 million shots this week.
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Officials said that after that, they expect deliveries to be “uneven” through March.
By the end of March, Johnson & Johnson plans to deliver 20 million shots. The company has promised to deliver 100 million doses by summer.
The director of the CDC, Drs. Rochelle Wallensky signed on Sunday the recommendation of an advisory committee to support the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
He said the shots are coming at a “potentially critical time”.
“The latest data from the CDC suggests that the recent drop in Kovid-19 cases could lead to stalling and potentially higher levels of closure,” Valensky said in a statement.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is intended for adults 18 and older. This is the only single-dose shot for the virus.
Pfizer-BioNtech and Modern vaccines require two shots, three to four weeks apart.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Drs. Anthony Fauci said, “The three vaccines on Sunday in” Meet the Press “of NBT” are highly effective. “
“If you go to a place and you have J & J and it’s available right now, I’ll take it. I’ll do the same thing personally,” said Fauci. “I think people need to be vaccinated as soon as possible.”
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