A Third Coronavirus Vaccine could become available in the U.S. within the next few days. This one from Johnson & Johnson only requires a single dose. Dr. Jonathan Reiner, Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center saying: “This is going to increase immediately, somewhere between 70-to-80 percent our ability to deliver new shots to people every week. It’s a big, big deal.”
Health Experts say the J&J Vaccine will help get the Nation toward a return to normalcy. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows just over 7.5% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fauci saying: “If I were not vaccinated now and I had a choice of getting a J&J Vaccine now or waiting for another vaccine, I would take whatever vaccine that would be available to me.”
Despite this progress, Health Officials stress people still need to be cautious. Dr. Carlos del Rio, Executive Associate Dean of Emory University School of Medicine saying: “We’re not over yet. We’re really right now in a race between variants and vaccines, and we have to do whatever we can to shut down this virus.”
The CDC reports more than 75 Million doses of the Coronavirus Vaccine have been administered as of Sunday. CDC data shows that nearly 50 Million Americans have now received at least one dose of the Vaccine. Around 25 Million people have now been vaccinated with both shots.
Currently, 1.7 Million Vaccine doses are being given a day in the U.S., based on the seven day average. With the aforementioned Johnson & Johnson Vaccine coming on line next week, the pace is expected to increase.