March 1, 2021

FDA issues EUA for J&J’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 27 issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, making it the third coronavirus vaccine approved for use in the US.

The vaccine can be administered to people ages 18 and older. Vaccinations will begin as soon as states receive the doses. Four million doses are expected to go out within a week, and 20 million doses are expected to become available by the end of March.


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