The Food and Drug Administration accredited Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use on Saturday, the third such vaccine obtainable to be used within the U.S. and the primary to require solely a single dose.
After a panel of specialists met Friday and voted to advocate the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19, the FDA accredited the drug to be used by Americans ages 18 and older the next day.
An FDA analysis of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine launched Wednesday discovered that it was secure and efficient. A examine reported that the vaccine protected in opposition to COVID-19 at a charge of about 66% in opposition to symptomatic circumstances and 85% in opposition to extreme circumstances. After 28 days following vaccination, there have been zero circumstances of hospitalizations or deaths.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, that are given in two doses, had been discovered to be about 95% efficient at stopping symptomatic circumstances. It’s price noting that Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine examine was performed after extra contagious virus variants had been circulating, in contrast to Pfizer and Moderna’s research.
“It’s important for people to not think that one vaccine is better than another,” skilled panelist Dr. Cody Meissner, director of pediatric infectious illness at Tufts Medical Center, mentioned Friday. “Hopefully [the CDC] will emphasize that there is no preference for one vaccine over another. All vaccines work with what appears to be equal efficacy and equal safety.”
Dr. Arnold Monto, a professor of epidemiology at University of Michigan School of Public Health, echoed the sentiment: “In this environment, whatever you can get, get.”
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine may be saved in a traditional freezer or fridge, making it simpler to move and distribute. Moderna’s vaccine must be saved at super-cold temperatures. Pfizer just lately reported that its vaccine might be stored in normal freezers and now awaits an replace to its FDA tips.
So far, greater than 47 million people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has beneficial that states make people over age 65 eligible for the vaccine, in addition to front-line staff corresponding to educators, meals trade staff and public transportation staff.
While daily cases and deaths have dropped significantly since their peak in December and January, the U.S. hit the horrific COVID-19 milestone this week of greater than 500,000 deaths for the reason that pandemic started.
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