Johnson & Johnson vaccine begins rollout

The single-shot inoculation will begin to ship out an estimated 3.9 million doses on Monday after being cleared for emergency use.
2:48 | 03/01/21

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We begin with the big news on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The third vaccine in our fight against covid-19, the fda authorized the single dose vaccine this weekend. You're looking live at the Johnson & Johnson facility in Kentucky. Nearly 4 million shots are being packed and shipped out this morning. The company has committed to delivering 100 million by this summer and we'll hear from Johnson & Johnson's CEO Alex Gorsky in just a moment. So far the CDC says nearly 25 million people, 7.5% of the U.S. Population, have been fully vaccinated. Let's go to Eva pilgrim with more at that j&j facility in shepherdville, Kentucky. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. It's go time for Johnson & Johnson. They've been here for a few hours pulling the vaccine from the freezers, packing it up and loading it in. This vaccine will head out this morning. This morning, a third vaccine joins the arsenal in the fight against the coronavirus. Johnson & Johnson's single shot cleared. The CDC signing off. It's shipping out today. We have three highly efficacious vaccines that are safe and efficacious. That's the bottom line and the j&j, if you look at them, particularly in things we really care about that are important has got greater than 85% efficacy after severe disease and critical disease and there were no deaths or hospitalizations in any of the countries that were tested. Reporter: 3.9 million doses are expected to ship out today. ABC news confirming 2.8 million will go to states and local jurisdictions. 800,000 to pharmacies, 70,000 to community centers and 09,000 to federally qualified health centers. This as Americans seem more willing to get a vaccine. A new survey finding 55% of adults now say they have received at least one dose of the vaccine or that they will get it as soon as they can. This up from 47% in January and 34% in December. But health officials warn, even with more vaccines, now is not the time to let up. After weeks of seeing cases decline, daily cases are now up about 5%. Doctors warn even if you're vaccinated you could still potentially spread the disease. You could be protected from disease and still have virus. If that's the case, then that's the reason why you hear us all the public health officials saying to wear a mask and the reason is essentially is to protect other people. You may inadvertently infect someone else even though you are protected. Reporter: And the entire current supply of Johnson & Johnson nearly 4 million vaccines will be shipping out today.

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