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Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine endorsed by USA advisers

Johnson and Johnson Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States
Kristine Garrett | 27 February, 2021, 04:26

The New Brunswick-based pharmaceutical giant is awaiting emergency approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration on what would be the country's third COVID-19 vaccine.

The CBC's Tom Parry asks Procurement Minister Anita Anand how many doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine Canada will receive after it's approved by Health Canada.

The company has announced it aims to deliver a total of 20 million doses by the end of March, with 100 million by June - though the USA is pushing to expedite that timeline.

Shandro said Friday that he would have to meet with public health officials in the province to decide if the approval of the latest vaccine will have any effect on who may be included in phase two.

The difference is in where they are manufactured, she said, using the analogy of the same recipe made in two different kitchens.

Ottawa has ordered or reserved more than 400 million doses of vaccine from seven suppliers for a population of 38 million.

Given the current rates of vaccine development and production, experts estimate that most adults who want to be vaccinated should be able to do so by the summer, said Marc Siegel, an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at George Washington University.

Grindrod said, up until now, the Pfizer vaccine, given its transportation requirements, has proven to be a challenge to work with while the Moderna vaccine has been in relatively short supply. They also endorsed the vaccine for emergency use authorization. That wasn't the case last fall, when Pfizer and Moderna were wrapping up testing, and it's not clear if their numbers would hold against the most worrisome of those variants. It can be stored and transported at normal refrigerated temperatures.

While J&J is seeking FDA authorization for its single-dose version, the company is also studying whether a second dose boosts protection.

"That gives us the opportunity to put it in our primary care offices, pharmacies and community health centers, which translates into getting more people vaccinated", said Dr. Simone Wildes, an infectious diseases specialist at South Shore Health outside of Boston.

France has restricted the vaccine to people under the age of 65 despite the World Health Organization's insistence that the product is safe and effective for all age groups. But public health officials warned that those gains may be stalling as more variants take root in the U.S.

Nevertheless, experts say J&J's shot will be another invaluable tool in bringing the outbreak to a close in the United States, where more than 500,000 people have died.

Ontario reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 and 28 more deaths linked to the virus on Friday, with 362 of them in Toronto, 274 in Peel Region and 104 in York Region. More vaccines are in the pipeline. A key FDA panel voted unanimously Friday afternoon to recommend emergency use of the vaccine. Italy's main teachers' union recently protested when the government chose to reserve Pfizer and Moderna shots for the elderly and designate AstraZeneca's vaccine for younger, at-risk workers.

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