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US FDA approves single-shot Covid-19 vaccine & Johnson & Johnson

Feb 28, 2021 07:35 IST | By Editorji News Desk

US regulators have formally approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, the third jab to be authorised in the country. The vaccine is set to be a cost-effective alternative to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and can be stored in a refrigerator instead of a freezer.

Trials found it prevented serious illness but was 66% effective overall when moderate cases were included. The US is the first country to approve the jab. The company has agreed to provide the US with 100 million doses by the end of June. 

The UK, EU and Canada have also ordered doses, and 500 million doses have also been ordered through the Covax scheme to supply poorer nations.

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