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FDA Says J&J Vaccine Meets Requirements For Emergency Use Authorization

Updated: Feb 25, 2021

What Happened:

  • On Wednesday, the FDA announced that the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine has met the requirements necessary for emergency use authorization. If approved, it would be the first single-dose vaccine authorized to treat the virus.

  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was found to be 66.9% effective at preventing moderate to severe Covid-19 symptoms and 85% effective against very serious symptoms. The J&J vaccine was less effective against the mutated South African version of the virus.

  • The FDA analysis says "there were no specific safety concerns identified in subgroup analyses by age, race, ethnicity, medical comorbidities, or prior SARS-CoV-2 infection" with the J&J vaccine.

  • The FDA committee will meet on Friday to make the final determination if the J&J vaccine receives emergency use approval.

  • J&J says they can roll-out 100 million doses by the end of June, if they receive FDA approval.

  • Although less effective than the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, J&J's single-dose vaccine could be much easier to roll-out and does not require the same sub-zero refrigeration, facilitating transportation and storage.

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