US clears J&J’s shot; 3 vaccines now available

The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. (Feb. 27)

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FRANCIS COLLINS: The FDA has just announced emergency use authorization of a third vaccine for Americans, this one made by Janssen, also called Johnson and Johnson, it's all the same. But this is really good news. That means we have the opportunity for even more people to get immunized as soon as possible against this terrible pandemic.

We had two emergency use authorized vaccines, and now we have three. And the third one is a single dose from J&J, which makes it a little easier to organize. But I think the bottom line will be, whatever vaccine you get offered, take it. They are all really good, and the most important thing we can do right now is to get as many shots in as many arms as we can.

But what people, I think, are mostly interested in is, is it going to keep me from getting really sick? Will this vaccine keep me out of the hospital, out of the ICU? And worse yet, will it keep me from dying from this terrible disease? The good news is, all of these say yes to that.

I hope everybody is aware of just how amazing it is that we can talk here today, at the end of February, about a third vaccine that has gone through rigorous trials and has been proven safe and effective in tens of thousands of people. We are going to get through this by moving the vaccines forward as fast as we can and getting everybody in our country, and eventually the world, immunized against COVID-19.