By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease official, said on Sunday that he would take the recently approved COVID-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson (NYSE 🙂 as it encouraged Americans to accept any of the three approved shots. “All three are really pretty good, and people should take the one that is most available to them. If you go to a place and you have J&J, and that’s the one that is available now, I would take it,” Fauci said in “Meet the press “from NBC. 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 after those from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna (NASDAQ :). Both vaccines require two doses. Shipments to J&J vaccine vaccination sites are expected to begin Sunday or Monday. Both the Pfizer (NYSE 🙂 and Moderna vaccines showed higher efficacy rates in trials using two doses compared to J & J’s single injection vaccine. However, direct comparison is difficult because the trials had different objectives and the J&J were carried out while new, more contagious variants of the virus were circulating. “You now have three highly effective vaccines, no doubt. There is no question about it,” Fauci said.
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