Health Canada approves Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine

Wellbeing Canada has approved the solitary-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for use in the region.

Formulated by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a Belgium-primarily based division of Johnson & Johnson, the vaccine is the fifth acceptance. 3 other vaccines and one recombinant have previously been permitted in Canada: Pfizer-BionTech, Moderna, and Oxford AstraZeneca and its recombinant version from the Serum Institute of India.

“It can be saved and transported at refrigerated temperatures among two and eight degrees Celsius for at least three months, offering better flexibility in how it can be distributed across Canada,” Dr. Supriya Sharma, the chief healthcare adviser at Overall health Canada, said right now.

This COVID-19 vaccine can be utilized for those people 18 years outdated and above. Sharma mentioned 20 p.c of contributors in clinical trials have been 65 yrs previous and previously mentioned, and no variations in security or efficacy have been noticed compared to younger groups.

“It was shown to be 66 % productive over-all in avoiding moderate to intense COVID-19,” she stated. “This exceeds efficacy specifications issued by Health and fitness Canada, the Earth Well being Group and other major regulators, such as the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration.”

Whilst each vaccine has special properties, she explained the gains of all vaccines outweigh prospective hazards.

“Our suggestions to Canadians is to get whichever vaccine is available to you,” she mentioned. “The lengthier you hold out to get vaccination the for a longer time the time goes by that you are not secured.”

The United States grew to become the 1st nation to approve the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on February 26.

The shipping and delivery timelines for the Johnson & Johnson will be introduced.

B.C provincial overall health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stated a briefing on March 4 that the AstraZeneca-Serum Institute of India vaccine will arrive in B.C. in the coming times. 

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