Posted: Monday, March 29, 2021. 12:00 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Associated Press via Yahoo News reports that Johnson and Johnson, makers of the first approved single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, will produce 11 million doses to be delivered starting next week.
Johnson and Johnson hit production snags in late February after delivering 4 million doses following approval by the Food and Drug Administration; it had promised 20 million. President Joe Biden’s administration stepped in to make a deal with rivals Merck to help Johnson and Johnson produce the vaccine.
President Biden has doubled its target of 100 million vaccinations with all forms of the COVID-19 vaccine to 200 million in 100 days; the current rate of vaccination in the U.S. is 2.5 million shots per day and approximately 1 in 3 American adults have been inoculated, a number that will improve with the one-shot Johnson vaccine that requires less follow up and make clinics more efficient.
Meanwhile, British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca garnered some controversy earlier this week after U.S. health officials said the company was using outdated data when announcing their vaccine efficacy.
The company still intends to seek emergency FDA approval to distribute the vaccine next month, which will likely help the Biden Administration reach its previously announced goal of providing enough vaccine doses for every American by May 1.
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