SEOUL: A panel of South Korean advisers said that a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was safe and effective, the food and drug safety ministry said on Monday (Mar 29), moving the single-dose shot a step closer to receiving regulatory approval.
When granted a green light, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be the third COVID-19 vaccine authorised in South Korea, following ones from AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech, both of which require two doses.
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South Korea has an agreement to get 6 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and has said it will be ready for inoculation from the second quarter.
The final authorisation of the vaccine will be decided after two more expert committees hold meetings.
The country has so far administered 793,966 first doses of vaccines among medical workers and high-risk groups since the beginning of its vaccination campaign in February.
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