Dr. Anthony Fauci said late Friday that the first single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine may get emergency approval in just two weeks.
Fauci said, “I’d be surprised if it’s been more than two weeks from now analyzing data and making decisions” about a vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey. During emergence On “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
“We’ll look at the data and determine if it’s ready to be presented to the public, so they can go to the Food and Drug Administration to ask them if they can get an Emergency Use Permit,” Fauci said.
Fushi said that the US government has been working with different companies on six candidate vaccines, two of which have already gotten the green light for use in emergency situations, one from Pfizer PFE,
The other is from Moderna MRNA,
Both require cold storage and two doses.
Fauci said the vaccine does not have the same need for staying very cold, and only requires one dose. These factors, he said, will make a big difference in being able to communicate shots to people. “It provides a wider range of flexibility,” he said.
Johnson & Johnson said it expects this 100 million doses available by April.
Any additional vaccines available would be a boost for the city and state, which are running out of doses like New Yorkers Flock to vaccination dates. Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote a letter Friday to President Joe Biden Requesting more vaccine shipments.