States to Begin Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Distribution
Johnson & Johnson has started shipping out nearly 4 million doses of its newly authorized, one-shot COVID-19 vaccine.
The shipments that began Sunday night will be sent to states for use starting on Tuesday. The company will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and a total of 100 million by the end of June.
Dr. Paul Stoffels, the Chief Scientific Officer with Johnson & Johnson said their vaccine differs from Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines in that it is a single dose and storage is different.
“We deliberately chose for a single dose. It’s easy to use. It has simple refrigeration temperature. It can be distributed on a very large scale and wonderful manufacturing activities are ongoing. We can bring it to the entire world and limit and stop the pandemic on a global basis,” he said.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to the J&J vaccine Saturday a day after experts pored over the data. The FDA said J&J’s vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious illness, hospitalizations and death. One dose was 85% protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness, in a massive study that spanned three continents — protection that remained strong even in countries such as South Africa, where the variants of most concern are spreading.
J&J also is seeking authorization for emergency use of its vaccine in Europe and from the World Health Organization. The company aims to produce about 1 billion doses globally by the end of the year. Last week, the island nation of Bahrain became the first to clear its use.
“We are gearing up in Europe as well. And so, as we near that time, we’ll be able to give more information. But we have a 200 million vaccines which will deliver in the course of 2021, a significant amount of that over country and a certain amount in Q2. But that will become much clearer as we near the point of the approval,” said Stoffels.
J&J is testing two doses of its vaccine in a separate large study.
This report was created with information provided by the Associated Press