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Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine gets emergency use authorization from FDA

February 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine Saturday. It is the first single dose Covid-19 vaccine available in the US, and is one that "checks nearly all the boxes."

It is the first single dose Covid-19 vaccine available in the US, and is one that "checks nearly all the boxes. "

"One dose will keep you out of the hospital, keep you out of the intensive care unit, and keep you out of the morgue," Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine adviser to the FDA, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday.

For example, in the first week of the Pfizer vaccine rollout, there were only 29 cases out of 1. 9 million doses administered, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It clearly gets way over the bar, and it's nice to have a single-dose vaccine," Dr. Eric Rubin, a member of the committee who is also the editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine and a professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, said after the vote.

There is some concern that because the public has heard that the shot is only 72% protective in the US, and the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are about 95% protective, some will think this is a "second class" vaccine, but the experts say those numbers are highly misleading.

Experts have said variants may fuel a surge of cases in the spring in the US, and say that's one reason why it's important to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

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