WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Johnson & Johnson’s new COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use, the Food and Drug Administration announced Saturday.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, often known as the Janssen vaccine, can now be distributed within the U.S to be used in people 18 years of age and older, the FDA stated.
The FDA found this week that Johnson & Johnson’s Baltimore-made vaccine is protected and efficient at preventing COVID-19.
In trials, the vaccine was roughly 67% efficient in stopping average to extreme/essential COVID-19 occurring not less than 14 days after vaccination and 66% efficient in stopping average to extreme/essential COVID-19 occurring not less than 28 days after vaccination, the FDA stated.
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The vaccine was additionally roughly 77% efficient in stopping extreme/essential COVID-19 occurring not less than 14 days after vaccination and 85% efficient in stopping extreme/essential COVID-19 occurring not less than 28 days after vaccination, the trials discovered.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be administered in single-doses and could be saved on the temperature of a daily fridge.
The shot makes use of a chilly virus, like a Computer virus, to hold the spike gene into the physique, the place cells make innocent copies of the protein to prime the immune system in case the true virus comes alongside.
Staff of Emergent BioSolutions are working at a novel facility in southeast Baltimore to supply the vaccines.
“We really develop the cell cultures, infect them with the viral vectors after which in the end purify the viral vectors out, which elicits immune response in people,” stated Sean Kirk, Emergent BioSolutions’ govt vp in command of manufacturing.
The corporate granted WJZ uncommon entry inside its safe campus in Bayview. 300 staff work there with dozens extra supporting the power remotely.
“I would like the individuals of Baltimore to be proud that Emergent is right here, to be happy with the truth that many residents work on this facility,” Kirk stated. “On daily basis, our of us are working lengthy hours to beat this pandemic, and the factor that retains them motivated is the truth that we’re going to be producing lots of of hundreds of thousands of doses over the approaching 12 months.”
Emergent has a $480 million contract with Johnson & Johnson and one other $174 million contract with AstraZeneca.