J&J's 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

US clears Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 shot, adding a third vaccine option to the race against the virus

Posted: Feb 27, 2021 3:25 PM
Updated: Mar 1, 2021 8:48 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

Health experts have anxiously awaited a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations.

The virus has already killed more than 510,000 people in the U.S. and is mutating in increasingly worrisome ways.

The FDA said J&J's vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious illness, hospitalizations and death.

One dose was 85% protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness, in a massive study that spanned three continents.

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