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Biden Covid response team holds briefing after J&J requests FDA OK for vaccine

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President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Response Team will hold a briefing Friday on the coronavirus pandemic that left at least 455,875 Americans dead.

The briefing comes one day after Johnson & Johnson asked the Food and Drug Administration to approve the unique Covid-19 vaccine for use in the United States. The FDA has scheduled a meeting of its Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products in February 26 to discuss the vaccine, which could be distributed in the US as early as this month.

Federal and state officials are eagerly awaiting approval of J & J’s vaccine.Unlike Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines, which require two doses three to four weeks apart, J & J’s drugs only require one dose , which makes logistics easier for healthcare providers.

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