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J&J's 1-dose shot cleared, giving U.S. 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

Posted: Feb 27, 2021 4:49 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2021 9:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

The Food and Drug Administration cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two on Saturday.

Health experts have anxiously awaited a one-and-done option to help speed up vaccinations.

The virus has already killed more than 510,000 people in the U.S. and is mutating in increasingly worrisome ways.

The FDA said J&J's vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious illness, hospitalizations and death.

One dose was 85% protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness, in a massive study that spanned three continents.

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