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Health Canada approves third COVID-19 vaccine

Bahrain became the first nation to authorize Johnson & Johnson's new single-dose coronavirus vaccine for emergency use on Thursday, the government announced, just a day after US regulators concluded the shot offers strong protection against severe COVID-19. This panel makes recommendations on how to use vaccines. One dose of the J&J vaccine was 85 per cent protective against the most severe COVID-19.

Ottawa has ordered 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed with Oxford University, and two million shots of the same formula made by the Serum Institute of India.

"This includes securing a highly diverse and extensive portfolio of vaccines and taking all necessary measures to ready the country to receive them", said Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand in the release.

Tam added that average daily case counts in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia have increased between eight and 14 per cent over the previous week.

The state has been administering Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines - both of which require two doses - since December. This is White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey Zients.

The FDA's recently released review of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine, which is expected to be authorized as early as this weekend, found that it was more than 80 percent effective at preventing severe illness in a large worldwide clinical trial. Last week, South Africa scaled back its planned rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, opting instead to use an unlicensed shot from Johnson & Johnson for its health care workers. So while protection from moderate cases may be less robust, a newly reported 100% protection against deaths and hospitalizations is "huge", said Dr. Darien Sutton, an emergency medicine physician and ABC News contributor.

The long-anticipated J&J shot promises to offer the US a third vaccine option and help speed vaccinations by requiring just one dose instead of two.

Health Canada approves third COVID-19 vaccine
Canada's third and fourth COVID-19 vaccines have been approved | News

But until then, Barocas urged people to focus not on which vaccination you want, but on why you want one.

At Yale, Balcezak is struggling with how to make the best use of the J&J shot's advantages without appearing to target it to underserved populations.

The J&J vaccine is also easier to handle, lasting three months in the refrigerator compared to the Pfizer and Moderna options, which must be frozen.

Analyses of different demographic groups, meanwhile, revealed no marked differences in the J&J vaccine's effects across age, race or people with underlying conditions.

"I think I was a little bit surprised that Health Canada did approve it for folks who are 65 and older". With the two-dose vaccines, the state "had to send second doses onward to the next port of call".

But when it comes to delivering the two new vaccines, it seems Canada may have already hit a snag. The country, where a virus variant is driving a new wave of infections, switched to J&J from AstraZeneca after a small study suggested it was poor at preventing mild to moderate COVID-19 caused by the more contagious variant.

In the U.S., health officials say it's critical for the government to send a clear message. With time, Siegel said, there will likely be clear public guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, an independent panel that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the use of vaccines.

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