IT’S NO WAY FOR THE J&J
AUSTRALIA has ruled out using Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine as part of the immediate rollout.
The revelations follow damning advice last week that the AstraZeneca vaccine was no longer recommended for people aged under 50.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose jab, administered across the US and approved for use in Europe.
But a spokesperson for Health Minister Greg Hunt said it was an adenovirus vaccine, the same type as AstraZeneca. “The government does not intend to purchase any further adenovirus vaccines at this time,” the spokesperson said.
Opposition health spokesman Mark Butler said it was “not good enough” to learn of this development from a spokesperson without any explanation. “We’ve got a vaccine rollout that’s run off the rails,” he said.