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More than 70MILLION doses of vaccine have been administered in US with approval of J&J adding 20m

A third vaccine to combat the coronavirus has been formally approved as of Saturday evening.

The Food and Drug Administration is to allow distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid jab as early as Monday.

The vaccine is the first of the approved injections to require just one dose instead of two. 

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will sit alongside those already offered by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, with shipments expected to start within days.

Jean Zabielski, 95, receives her coronavirus vaccination at Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday

Saturday's figures show there are currently 51,116 people in hospital with virus and 2,137 deaths in the last 24 hours

Saturday’s figures show there are currently 51,116 people in hospital with virus and 2,137 deaths in the last 24 hours 

A closer look at the numbers of people in hospital show that there is a significant downward trend

A closer look at the numbers of people in hospital show that there is a significant downward trend

‘We’re going to use every conceivable way to expand manufacturing of the vaccine — the third vaccine — to make even more rapid progress at getting shots in people’s arms,’ President Biden said on Friday while visiting Houston. 

Biden described the federal government’s mass inoculation drive as ‘the most difficult operational challenge this nation has ever faced logistically.’ 

He said there were to be expected challenges in reaching people in remote areas, and in persuading others who were ‘hesitant to take the shots.’

‘We all know there’s a history in this country of subjugating certain communities to terrible medical and scientific abuse, but if there’s one message that needs to cut through all this: The vaccines are safe. I promise you,’ Biden said.

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency use authorization for the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine which required just a single shot dose

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency use authorization for the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine which required just a single shot dose

By the end of March, J&J has said it expects to deliver 20 million doses to the U.S., and 100 million by summer

By the end of March, J&J has said it expects to deliver 20 million doses to the U.S., and 100 million by summer

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 72,806,180 doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in the country as of Saturday morning and it had distributed 96,402,290 doses. 

The tally is for both the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines as of 6am Saturday, the agency said. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines involve two doses.

The CDC on Friday had reported a tally 70,454,064 vaccines doses administered and 94,300,910 doses distributed.

The agency said that as of Saturday, 48,435,536 people had received at least one vaccine dose while 23,698,627 had received the two doses.

A total of 7,043,540 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities, the agency said.

The United States has recorded about 28.5 million coronavirus cases and 511,787 deaths.  

Daily case numbers are roughly where they were in October and well below the single-day record of about 300,000 infections set in early January, but federal health officials are warning impatient governors not to relax pandemic control measures, fearing a recent steep drop in cases and deaths could be about to level off.  

Concerns have been raised after the seven-day average for new cases — 69,483 as of early Saturday — has been creeping upwards.

The latest coronavirus variant was discovered in New York City this week and another worrying version of the virus is spreading through California.

‘Things are tenuous,’ Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Friday. ‘Now is not the time to relax restrictions.’

People wait in line to receive COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic held by the L.A. County Sheriff's Community Advisory Council in Los Angeles

People wait in line to receive COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic held by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Community Advisory Council in Los Angeles


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