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Fauci says of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine: ‘I would take it’

By Andy Sullivan

Dr Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said on Sunday he would take the newly approved Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, as he encouraged Americans to accept any of the three approved shots.

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Picture: AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Picture: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

“All three of them are really quite good, and people should take the one that’s most available to them. If you go to a place and you have J&J, and that’s the one that’s available now, I would take it,” Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The U.S. government authorized Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, making it the third to be available in the country following ones from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Both of those vaccines require two doses.

Shipments to vaccination sites of J&J vaccine are expected to begin Sunday or Monday.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed higher efficacy rates in trials that used two doses versus J&J’s single-shot vaccine. However, direct comparison is difficult because the trials had different goals and J&J’s was conducted while more contagious new variants of the virus were circulating.

“You now have three highly efficacious vaccines, for sure. There’s no doubt about that,” Fauci said. IOL

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