J&J to deliver COVID vaccine to Europe from April 19

Medical staff member prepares shots of the Janssen (Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson) vaccine against Covid-19 during a vaccination operation organized by St. John's Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, 25 March 2021. [EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT]

Johnson & Johnson said Monday (29 March) it would start delivering its single-shot COVID vaccine to Europe on April 19, giving the continent a boost as it struggles to speed up its vaccination drive.

The pharmaceutical giant’s jab was approved by European Union regulators in mid-March, following approval of vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

The 27-nation EU has signed a firm order for 200 million J&J doses and an option for 200 million more.

As well as being the first that requires just a single injection rather than two, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is easier to store.

The EMA gave the green light after saying clinical trials involving volunteers in the United States, South Africa and South American countries found the J&J jab was 67% effective at preventing people from getting COVID.

Several European countries have enacted new restrictions to curb a surge of infections, as vaccination campaigns have been slower than in other countries such as the United States or Britain.

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