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U.S. to buy additional 100 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses

Vials of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
Vials of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine.
(Johnson & Johnson)

President Biden is to announce Wednesday that the U.S. is buying an additional 100 million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The drugmaker is already obligated to supply 100 million doses to the federal government by the end of June. The additional doses would be delivered in the months following.

A White House official previewed the news on the condition of anonymity before the president’s remarks.

The U.S. is set to receive enough doses of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines — from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — by the middle of May to cover all adults. The surplus would ensure supply to cover young adults and children, pending the result of safety and efficacy trials.

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They could also be used as potential “boosters” to further protect against emerging coronavirus variants, or be shared with allies overseas once Americans are protected.


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