UK approves single shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

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Britain on approved the use the single shot Johnson & Johnson , the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency announced.

“This is a further boost the UK’s hugely successful vaccination , which has already saved over 13,000 lives, and means that we have four safe and effective vaccines approved help protect people from this awful virus,” said Secretary Matt Hancock.

The hopes the single-dose jab “will play an important role in the months come”, he added, as come forward for their vaccinations amid concern over the rise the so-called Indian variant.

Britain has ordered 20 million doses the .

The European Medicines Agency said in April that a warning about unusual blood clots low blood platelet count should be added to its product following cases in the United States.

The was found to be 72 percent effective in preventing moderate to severe infection, according to a US trial.

Britain has administered more than 62 million shots so far, mainly using the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. It has also approved the use of the Moderna vaccine.

After months of falling cases, infections have started to rise again due to the emergence of the Indian variant, which has put in doubt for a full reopening of the country on June 21.