FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday approved the vaccine, the first that requires one dose instead of two.

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- Breaking news in the last hour. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson and Johnson's single shot COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. Trials found that it was 72% effective overall against the virus and 85% effective against the most severe COVID-19 illnesses. Three million doses could be sent out across the nation on Monday, 20 million by the end of March.

Governor Newsom says California will get 380,000 doses, next week, and around 1.1 million total. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is the third vaccine to receive emergency authorization in the United States, and it could be a game changer. Not just because it is a single shot. The vaccine can be stored at regular temperatures compared to Pfizer's and Moderna's. Johnson and Johnson plans to ship 20 million doses by the end of March, 100 million by the end of June.