Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved Saturday
Leading U.S. infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he would vaccinate with Johnson & Johnson’s recently approved COVID-19 vaccine. He urged Americans to get vaccinated using any of the three approved vaccines.
“All three are really good, and people should get vaccinated with the one that’s most affordable for them. If you go and there’s a Johnson & Johnson vaccine out there, I would get vaccinated with it,” Fauci said, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program.
The U.S. government approved the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine Saturday. Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were previously approved. Each of these vaccines requires two injections.
Deliveries of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to vaccination centers are expected to begin Sunday or Monday.
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be more effective in clinical trials in which participants were given two doses compared to Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. However, a direct comparison is difficult to make because the trials had different targets and, in addition, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was tested when new variants of the virus were already circulating.
“You have three highly effective vaccines. There’s no doubt about it,” Fauci stated.