Johnson & Johnson mentioned Tuesday it can produce 20 million doses of the single-shot coronavirus vaccine by late March and has utilized for emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration.
“Assuming necessary regulatory approvals relating to our manufacturing processes, our plan is to begin shipping immediately upon emergency use authorization, and deliver enough single-doses by the end of March to enable the vaccination of more than 20 million Americans,” Richard Nettles, vice chairman of medical affairs for Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical unit Janssen, told the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. Nettles’ remarks have been printed forward of the assembly.
The panel of lawmakers started listening to testimony from the 5 firms with contracts to provide COVID-19 pictures to the U.S. — Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Novavax– as the provision of vaccines stays brief when in comparison with the elevated demand for the coveted pictures.
A Phase 3 trial of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine discovered that the effectiveness of its shot to fight average to extreme COVID-19 infections was 72% within the United States, 66% in Latin America and 57% in South Africa, 28 days post-vaccination, according to the pharmaceutical firm.
The information comes as South Africa continues to battle with a comparatively new and highly effective pressure of coronavirus, B.1.315, that has since made its solution to the U.S.
Nettles mentioned the corporate is “confident” it can provide 100 million single-dose vaccines to the U.S. through the first half of 2021 regardless of “significant challenges” in scaling up manufacturing.
Johnson & Johnson just lately introduced it would staff with French pharma big Sanofi to use its services and ramp up vaccine manufacturing to bridge the narrowing provide hole.
Despite a major scarcity of vaccines from all of the drug suppliers, federal well being officers say a complete of 700 million doses is anticipated to be delivered to the U.S. by late July. That can be sufficient to succeed in the objective of offering sufficient pictures for each American grownup.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.