J&J asks US regulators to OK its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine

(AP) – Johnson & Johnson has asked U.S. regulators to clear the world’s first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, an easier-to-use option that could boost scarce supplies.

Preliminary results from a massive study showed J&J’s vaccine was safe and offered strong protection against moderate to severe COVID-19.

It didn’t appear quite as strong as two-dose competitors made by Pfizer and Moderna. Johnson & Johnson filed an application with the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

An FDA panel will meet and pore over the results.

The company also is studying a two-dose version of its vaccine, but results won’t be available for several more months.

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