The government has not despatched any doses of the J&J vaccine to states since the first week of May, an official advised NCS. That determine is in line with knowledge from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccine shipments.

The lag comes, nevertheless, as the pace of vaccination has slowed in recent weeks and practically half of the eligible US inhabitants — folks 12 and older — is already absolutely vaccinated. The J&J vaccine is allowed to be used in folks 18 and older.

Nearly 11 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — about half of the greater than 21 million doses that have been delivered to states and different jurisdictions — have not been administered, in response to CDC knowledge.

However, doses will go abroad, White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients stated. “We are shipping Johnson & Johnson doses to other countries,” Zients advised NCS’s Jake Tapper on Thursday.

The lack of shipments is instantly linked to the points associated to the Emergent BioSolutions plant in Baltimore. The facility, which has struggled with contamination issues, nonetheless hasn’t produced a single usable dose of J&J’s vaccine because it awaits regulatory approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.
Earlier Thursday, Johnson & Johnson stated in a press release that the FDA had authorized an extension of the shelf life of its Covid-19 vaccine. The transfer will increase the refrigerated storage time for the vaccine from three months to 4 1/2 months, and comes as some states had stated presently out there doses have been set to run out at the finish of June, probably earlier than getting used.


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