Johnson & Johnson Seeks Emergency Approval of Single-Shot Vaccine
According to WMTW, Johnson & Johnson has submitted a request to the United States Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval of it's novel single-shot Coronavirus vaccine.
This would make things much easier in getting people vaccinated because instead of needing two appointments three weeks apart, patients would only need one. This has huge potential to help ease the backlog of those 70+ that are waiting to be vaccinated across the country.
Preliminary reviews show that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may not be as strong as its two-dose competition from Phizer and Moderna, though experts say it could just be because of how it was tested and that, in fact, it may very well be just as effective. Early indicators are that the J&J vaccine are indeed effective at providing protection against moderate to severe COVID-19 infections.
In a statement, the FDA's Vaccine Chief Dr. Peter Marks said,
“With so much need to get this pandemic under control, I think we can’t ignore any tool in the tool chest,” he told the American Medical Association last week. “We will have to do our best to try to make sure that we find the populations that benefit the most from each of these vaccines and deploy them in a very thoughtful manner.”
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