HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Latest Breaking News (Forum) » FDA authorizes Johnson & ...

Sat Feb 27, 2021, 07:21 PM

FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson's single-shot coronavirus vaccine, adding to the nation's arsenal

Source: Washington Post

The Food and Drug Administration late Saturday granted emergency use authorization to Johnson & Johnsonís single-dose coronavirus vaccine, providing the United States with a long-anticipated tool that adds firepower and flexibility to the nationís accelerating inoculation effort ó but also presents new challenges.

Health authorities now have three effective vaccines, a singular scientific achievement that few would have predicted a year ago, when a pandemic emerged that has killed 2.5 million people worldwide, including more than 500,000 in the United States. It comes at a particularly fraught time, as Americans are whipsawed by encouraging developments, including sharp declines in nursing home deaths, and concerning news such as the emergence of potentially menacing variants.

With demand for vaccines outracing supply and officials scrambling to get much of the population vaccinated before variants spoil an improving picture, a third vaccine is ďreally good news,Ē said Eric Toner, senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. The vaccine will not have a big effect initially on supply shortages. Only a few million doses will be shipped to states in the days immediately after authorization, though production will ramp up in coming weeks, with 20 million doses to be delivered by the end of March and 100 million total in the first half of the year, according to the company.

The new vaccine has clear practical and logistical advantages over the first two vaccines ó it does not have to be kept frozen, and there is no need for a second round of appointments. That makes it a boon for rural areas and other hard-to-reach communities, and for distribution to community health centers and physician offices that might not have the freezers needed for the other vaccines, public health officials say. But the Johnson & Johnson shot also has a lower efficacy rate, leading some public health experts and government officials to worry that it will be viewed as substandard compared with the other vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson efficacy rate is 66 percent overall and 72 percent in the United States in preventing moderate to severe cases of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/02/27/johnson-and-johnson-covid-vaccine-fda/



Full headline: FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnsonís single-shot coronavirus vaccine, adding to the nationís arsenal against the pandemic

Just as a note - this is the final "agency" approval. Yesterday was the agency's Vaccine Board's approval.

4 replies, 998 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 4 replies Author Time Post
Reply FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson's single-shot coronavirus vaccine, adding to the nation's arsenal (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Feb 27 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 27 #1
TheFarseer Feb 27 #2
LisaL Feb 27 #3
Hugin Feb 28 #4

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2021, 07:25 PM

1. I was really hoping the FDA would approve the use of this vaccine!

A very important move for the country.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2021, 09:08 PM

2. Why didn't they

Authorize them to produce Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as fast as possible and pay them for the license? 65% protection is not great.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TheFarseer (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 27, 2021, 09:16 PM

3. That's a strange statement.

J&J vaccine is completely different from either Pfizer's or Moderna's, and is produced in a completely different way.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TheFarseer (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 10:07 AM

4. There is some controversy about the reported efficacy rate of J&J...

From what I understand, there is a belief among the researchers testing this vaccine that the time frame in which 'efficacy' was tested was arbitrarily short. I think it was around three weeks and the effectiveness of this vaccine actually reaches it's peak four weeks or more after it's given. Where it's up in the ranges of both of the others and as good at preventing the severe disease.

It would appear that it was decided instead of going for another round of testing (which would take months) before accepting for emergency use, it was best to begin administering it. A wise choice in my opinion, especially given that it requires much less specialized handling, may be produced in more traditional methods in existing facilities, it only requires a single shot each, and the eventual immunity may be better than the trials indicated.

A little immunity is far better than no immunity is the bottom line here.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread