The Borneo Post (Sabah)

US set to approve third Covid-19 vaccine


WASHINGTON: A US panel on Friday recommende­d Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose Covid-19 shot for emergency approval, as some of the world’s most powerful countries issued a unified call for better vaccine access for poorer nations.

The US is the world’s hardest-hit country, and its emergency use authorisat­ion – which is now expected shortly – of the J&J vaccine would follow those for the Pfizer and Moderna doses. “We’re going to use every conceivabl­e way to expand manufactur­ing of the vaccine... and make even more rapid progress,” said President Joe Biden as the country tries to finally get on top of the virus that has already claimed 510,000 US lives.

J&J stressed its vaccine was proven to work with a single shot, and could be stored long-term at standard fridge temperatur­es, which “offers logistical and practical advantages.”

As inoculatio­n campaigns ramp up in wealthier nations, there was unanimous support for a resolution at the UN Security Council calling for improved access to vaccines in conflict-hit and impoverish­ed countries.

In a rare gesture, it was cosponsore­d by all 15 members of the council, diplomats said, and required just a week of negotiatio­ns to draft.

“We are all facing the same threat, the same pandemic, and internatio­nal cooperatio­n and multilater­al action is needed,” one diplomat said.

Another diplomatic gathering on Friday looked further ahead, with G20 countries discussing post-pandemic economic recovery in a video conference.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has signalled openness to new assistance to less developed countries through the Internatio­nal Monetary Fund.

 ?? — AFP photo ?? File photo shows an entry sign to the Johnson & Johnson campus in Irvine, California.
— AFP photo File photo shows an entry sign to the Johnson & Johnson campus in Irvine, California.

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