Janssen Covid vaccine one dose “days after approval” with deployment to reach people in their 40s

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A fourth coronavirus vaccine could be approved for use in Britain within days – as the vaccination schedule prepares to include people in quarantine.
The health regulator will make a decision on the single-dose Janssen vaccine within the next ten days, according to The Mail on Sunday.

The government has already placed an order for 30 million doses, and the new vaccine could boost the UK’s immunization schedule.

There have been warnings that the pace of the first dose rollout will slow down a bit this month after delayed shipments and as more people start receiving their second doses.

But a big advantage of jab Janssen is that it only requires one injection. The vaccine, manufactured by the Belgian pharmaceutical company Janssen (owned by Johnson & Johnson) can also be stored at normal refrigerator temperature.

1,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine were available during a vaccination effort on the University of Charleston campus in the United States. Olivier Tchimou, pharmacist student, administers the vaccine to a student
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The renewed pace of the program means jabs will soon be offered to those under 50, it has been reported.

The news comes as lockdown measures begin to ease further. From Monday, non-essential stores will reopen and pubs, restaurants, gyms and hairdressers will once again welcome customers.

Vaccine passports can provide a way to resume mass events, including festivals in the UK
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Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of doses of the Moderna jab – the third to be used in Britain after the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer jabs – are put into service.

The government has bought enough to vaccinate around 8.5 million people, and the first of 17 million doses ordered by the UK was given in Wales earlier this week.

Elle Taylor, an unpaid caregiver, was the first person in the UK to receive the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. The 24-year-old Ammanford player received the vaccine at West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen as the UK began deployment on Wednesday.

Miss Taylor, who works at a higher education institution in Llanelli, said after receiving the jab: “I am very excited and very happy.

Elle Taylor, 24, an unpaid caregiver from Ammanford, receives an injection of Moderna vaccine, the third vaccine approved for use in the UK
Elle Taylor, 24, an unpaid caregiver from Ammanford, receives an injection of the Moderna vaccine, the third vaccine approved for use in the UK. It was administered by nurse Laura French at West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen
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“I am an unpaid caregiver for my grandmother, so it is very important for me to get her, so that I can take care of her properly and safely.

“My grandmother had her first dose and she will be taking her second dose on Saturday.”

Miss Taylor said she didn’t find out until Tuesday night that she was going to be the first Briton to receive the Moderna jab in the UK.

She hadn’t heard of the Moderna jab until she was told she got it.

“It was awesome, the nurses were lovely and it didn’t hurt,” she says.

Jab Janssen is administered as a single dose and can be stored at normal temperature in the refrigerator.
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The Janssen jab could prove to be more cost effective than those manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer because it does not need to be stored at freezing temperatures.

At as little as £ 7 per dose, it’s cheaper than some others, but about the same as two shots of the Oxford vaccine.

Like other vaccines, it has shown declining effectiveness in South Africa, where one of the more worrying new variants of the coronavirus has spread.

But the results showed that even in the face of this variant, it is still better than no vaccine at all.

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