BIDEN Senior administration officials has said that the first shots of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine could be administered as early as Tuesday.
Report which was made known on Sunday stated that the drugmaker, which got sign off over the weekend for emergency use of its vaccine from both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is expected to deliver 4 million shots this week and expect deliveries to be “uneven” through March.
The official also disclosed that by the end of March, Johnson & Johnson plans must have been able to deliver 20 million shots as the company has promised to distribute 100 million doses by summer.
However, the director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, signed off Sunday on an advisory committee’s recommendation to endorse the Johnson & Johnson vaccine saying that the shots are coming at a “potentially pivotal time.”
She further said in a statement that, “CDC’s latest data suggest that recent declines in COVID-19 cases may be stalling and potentially leveling off at still very high numbers”.
Walensky noted that Johnson & Johnson vaccine is for adults 18 and older and the only single-dose shot for the virus.
According to her, vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna require two shots, three to four weeks apart.
Addressing the press at the time the statement was made, the director of the National Institution of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci disclosed that the three vaccines are “highly efficacious” and encouraged the people to take whatever vaccine offered.
“If you go to a place and you have J&J and that’s the one that’s available now, you should take it. I personally would do the same thing,” Fauci said. “I think people need to get vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible.”