US CDC advisory panel to vote Sunday on guidance for using J&J's COVID-19 shot
France considers only one vaccine dose for people who had covid
If followed by other countries, the approach could free up tens of millions of doses. © Laurent Cipriani/AP People receive the Pfizer-BioNTech shot at a coronavirus vaccination center in Lyon, France. “It’s likely that we’ll see similar moves elsewhere, given that we’re facing a shortage of vaccine doses,” said Tobias Kurth, the director of the Institute of Public Health at Berlin’s Charité hospital. France’s health advisory body has recommended that one shot provides sufficient protection, acting like a booster shot, for previously infected people.
By Carl O'Donnell
(Reuters) - A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel is expected on Sunday to recommend Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 shot for widespread use, a final clearance for the vaccine after it was authorized by U.S. regulators on Saturday.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has played a major role in guiding states on how to allocate scarce doses, though states themselves have the final say in how they allocate shots.
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For previous COVID vaccines, the CDC panel discussed clinical considerations for patients including pregnant women and people with severe allergies, who were not studied in clinical trials.
A panel vote is scheduled for after 3 p.m. ET (2000 GMT), and the CDC's director is expected to approve the recommendations by the panel.
State and local public health authorities will use Food and Drug Administration and CDC guidance as they administer the first roughly 4 million doses that the federal government, through distribution partner McKesson Corp, plans to ship Sunday night or Monday morning.
J&J's shot will be the only one-dose COVID vaccine available in the United States. It is also the easiest to ship and store, as it can be kept in a refrigerator rather than a freezer.
J&J expects to ship more than 20 million doses by March and 100 million by mid-year, enough to vaccinate nearly a third of Americans.
(Reporting by Carl O'Donnell; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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