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CDC director signs off on J&J’s single-shot Covid vaccine, clearing way for distribution to begin

  • CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walesnky has signed off on Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.
  • Walensky's approval allows the federal government to begin shipping the doses to sites across the country.
  • Her approval comes after a CDC panel voted unanimously to recommend the shot for those 18 and older.
  • A J&J executive told lawmakers on Tuesday that the company is prepared to ship nearly 4 million doses as soon as it receives emergency use authorization.

Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus vaccine illustrationDado Ruvic | Reuters

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off Sunday on Johnson & Johnson's one-shot Covid-19 vaccine for those 18 years of age and older as the federal government prepares to ship out millions of doses this week.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky's green light comes after an advisory panel to the CDC voted unanimously to recommend the use of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.

"Today marks an encouraging step toward an end to the #COVID19 pandemic," Walensky wrote on Twitter. "I have now signed CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' (ACIP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of Janssen's COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 & up."

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