Dr. Anthony Fauci Answers Questions About Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is a little different from the other two (Moderna and Pfizer) on the market in the U.S. so far. That leaves a lot of Americans wondering why the new vaccine is so different, and whether it can be trusted equally. Dr. Anthony Fauci has responded, explaining a little about how the vaccine works and what a recipient can expect.

Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID precautions
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In the video below, Dr. Fauci explains some important facts about the Johnson & JOhnson vaccine. He explains that you can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine, because the vaccine contains one protein from the virus, not the entire virus itself. He also explains a little more about the effectiveness rating — while the virus prevents 72% of moderate to severe cases, it’s “virtually 100%” effective against cases severe enough to result in hospitalization and death.

One major factor in this newest vaccine’s likelihood of making a real difference in America is that it comes in a single dose. That doubles the number of people who can be fully vaccinated with a supply, and means that recipients aren’t obligated to return for a booster.

Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Paul Stoffels for Johnson & Johnson told CNN, in a clip below via The Recount, that they expect to be able to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of March, and 100 million by the end of the summer.

Reopening businesses and returning to a semblance of normal life has been put off repeatedly as the virus propagated, so reaching herd immunity via vaccine is a goal that could end the wait.

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