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An advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously Sunday to recommend the use of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot Covid-19 vaccine for those 18 years of age and older as the federal government prepares to ship out millions of doses this week.
Once CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky accepts the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendation, the federal government will be able to begin shipping doses out to sites across the country. The ACIP met in an emergency session to review data on the vaccine, which on Saturday became the third shot to receive an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.
Walensky said Friday that she would "stand by to review" the ACIP's recommendation and be "ready to sign."
"We are at the precipice of having another vaccine in our toolboxes, the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. Like many of you, I'm excited about the news that another safe and effective vaccine option could be coming as quickly as next week," she said Friday. "Having an additional safe and effective vaccine will help protect more people faster."
J&J Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Richard Nettles told lawmakers on Tuesday that the company is prepared to ship nearly 4 million doses as soon as it receives emergency use authorization. He added that the company expects to be able to provide 20 million doses by the end of March.
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