Officials said Wednesday that the Biden administration feared shipping 3 to 4 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine within the next week.
“If we are ready to roll out this vaccine without delay,” White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zisters said during a virtual press briefing.
Zients reported that on Tuesday they updated the country’s governors on the administration’s plans to distribute the Johnson & Johnson vaccine when the FDA grants the Emergency Use Authority.
“The governor is carefully planning his efforts and getting ready for a possible new vaccine,” patients said, noting that the delivery approach for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “current in jurisdictions, pharmacies and community health centers The allocation will reflect the process. “
The FDA endorsed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine that was safe and effective on Wednesday, before a Friday meeting a panel of experts would decide whether to recommend it for emergency use.
The agency confirmed the pharma company’s discovery that the vaccine was 66 percent effective at preventing moderate and severe COVID-19 cases, and 85 percent effective at preventing the most severe infections.
Johnson & Johnson has promised to deliver 20 million doses by the end of March and 100 million by the end of June.
“We are working with the company to accelerate the pace and deadline by which they deliver the full 100 million doses, which is required by contract by the end of June,” Zients said.
“While we await the FDA’s decision, we want the American people to know that we are working so that if the EU permits, we will take some time to bring this lifelong vaccine into the arms of Americans.” Won’t Waste You. “
Should the FDA authorize Johnson & Johnson Shot, it will be the third COVID-19 vaccine available in the US, following the two-dose vaccines made by Pfizer and Modern.
New York City officials have said they hope the approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will help homebound Big Apple residents vaccinate.
Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters on Tuesday, “The big piece we want to get is actually in the vaccination of people who can’t leave their homes.”
Meanwhile, Zients announced during Wednesday’s briefing that the Biden administration will deliver more than 25 million “high-quality” and American-made textile face masks to community health centers and food banks around the country starting next month is ready.
“While masks are widely available in many different shapes and sizes, many low-income Americans still lack affordable access to this basic security,” patients said. “So we are taking this simple action to keep Americans safe.”
Anyone who wants a mask will be able to visit one of the 1,300 community health centers and 60,000 food pantries, where masks are expected to be available and they are asked to take them for free.
The mask effort has an $ 86 million price tag, he said.