South Dakota awaits approval to get 7K Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 doses weekly
Federal regulators will decide on whether to approve Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine within the coming days.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - South Dakota is waiting on FDA approval to up its weekly vaccine allotment from the federal government.
Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said on Twitter that South Dakota could get 7,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine by next week if the FDA approves. This would boost the state’s allotment by 37% to 25,830 total vaccines a week.
The FDA issued a report Wednesday that found Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. While this is lower than Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine currently in use, Johnson & Johnson’s product is generally easier to store and is a single-dose vaccine--not two.
Federal regulators are expected to make a final decision on whether to approve Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine within the coming days.
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