Johnson & Johnson says they'll soon test their single-dose shot on children, even newborns, and pregnant women.
IKE EJIOCHI: New this morning, another vaccine becoming available in the fight against COVID. Johnson & Johnson's single-shot dose has been granted emergency use authorization by the FDA.
- This vaccine has been shown to be 100% protective against hospitalizations and deaths.
IKE EJIOCHI: Clinical trials have also shown the vaccine to be effective against the South African and Brazilian variants. The new vaccine will start shipping out today, with the first doses in arms coming as early as Tuesday. Of the almost 4 million single-shot doses going to Americans, 2.8 million of those to states and local jurisdictions, the rest to pharmacies, communities, and federally qualified health centers. And this morning, Johnson & Johnson saying they'll soon test their single-shot dose on children, even newborns and pregnant women. Dr. Fauci telling Americans to take whatever vaccine available.
ANTHONY FAUCI: The quicker you get vaccinated, the more quickly you will be protected and you will add on to the overall protection in your county, in your country.
IKE EJIOCHI: But some experts do say we're still a ways away from normalcy.
- We're not able to vaccinate 80% of the population quite yet. And by April, we'll still be a ways off.
IKE EJIOCHI: But many Americans are ready to get back to normal. This morning reports out of Miami show a rising number of tourists gathering for spring break.
- We're going somewhere now.
IKE EJIOCHI: And on the COVID relief front, President Biden planning to meet with Senate Democrats Tuesday as they prepare to consider his $1.9 trillion relief package. The bill passed the House, but changes will be made in the Senate.
JOE BIDEN: We have no time to waste. If we act now, decisively, quickly, and boldly, we can finally get ahead of this virus. We can finally get our economy moving again. And the people of this country have suffered far too much for too long.
IKE EJIOCHI: Now the $15 federal minimum wage is expected to be left out of the bill once it's all said and done. But there are some Senate Democrats who feel they'll be able to add it in as an Amendment later on.