The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved on Saturday.
Anthony Fauci, a leading US infectious disease specialist, said on Sunday that he would have been vaccinated with the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson. He urged Americans to get vaccinated using any of the three approved vaccines.
“All three are really good, and people should be grafted on to the one that is most accessible to them. If you go and there’s a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, then I would get vaccinated with it,”Fauci said, speaking on NBC.
The US government approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine on Saturday. Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were previously approved. Each of these vaccines requires two injections.
Deliveries of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to vaccination centers are expected to begin on Sunday or Monday.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were shown to be more effective in two-dose clinical trials compared to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. However, it is difficult to make a direct comparison since the trials had different goals. Also, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was tested when new variants of the virus were already circulating.
“You have three highly effective vaccines. There is no doubt about it,” Fauci said.