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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine gets green light from WHO

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) has been added to the growing list of vaccines that have been approved by the World Health Organization(WHO) for emergency use.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the first single-dose jab that has been approved by the WHO.

“More than 335 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered globally so far, and no deaths have been found to have been caused by COVID-19 vaccines,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus at a bi-weekly webinar hosted by WHO.

“But the hope offered by these tools will not materialize unless they are made available to all people in all countries,” he added.

The WHO Director-General further used the occasion to encourage companies to meet their commitments and ramp up production so that these tools become available and affordable to all.

On Thursday, the European Union authorized the use of the Johnson & Johnsonsingle-dose coronavirus vaccine.

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