Johnson & Johnson asks US to approve single-dose COVID jab


J&J’s single-shot vaccine may assist enhance provide and simplify the US immunisation marketing campaign, which continues to lag not on time.

Johnson & Johnson mentioned on Thursday it has requested United States well being regulators to authorise its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

The drugmaker’s utility to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) follows its January 29 report wherein it mentioned the vaccine had a 66 p.c fee of stopping infections in its giant international trial.

J&J’s single-shot vaccine may assist enhance provide and simplify the US immunisation marketing campaign, amid considerations of recent surges as a result of extra contagious UK coronavirus variant and the potential of decrease vaccine efficacy towards the variant that first emerged in South Africa.

Unlike the 2 at the moment authorised vaccines from Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc, J&J’s doesn’t require a second shot or must be shipped frozen.

After the corporate’s utility, regulators will want time to analyse the info and an advisory committee might want to meet. The firm’s chief scientific officer mentioned final month J&J was on observe to roll out the vaccine in March.

J&J’s utility raised hopes for preventing the pandemic that has killed greater than 451,145 Americans and greater than 2,271,152 worldwide.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer have been little modified in after-hours commerce.

The US has an settlement to purchase 100 million doses of J&J’s vaccine for $1bn, and the choice of shopping for a further 200 million doses.

The firm has mentioned it has doses prepared for supply upon emergency approval. It goals to ship one billion doses in 2021 with manufacturing within the US, Europe, South Africa and India.

J&J’s vaccine makes use of a typical chilly virus often called adenovirus kind 26 to introduce coronavirus proteins into cells within the physique and set off an immune response.

The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines use a brand new expertise known as messenger RNA (mRNA) that requires it to be saved in a freezer.