Canada approves Johnson & Johnson, getting fourth vaccine for nation

March 05, 2021

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is getting a fourth vaccine to prevent COVID-19, approving the Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose.

Health experts are eager for a one-and-done option to help speed vaccination.

Canada has also approved vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

Health Canada is the first major regulator to approve four different vaccines.

Canada doesn’t have domestic production and has struggled with a shortage of vaccines.

The U.S. isn’t exporting locally made vaccines, so neighbors Canada and Mexico must get vaccines from Europe and Asia.

Canada has pre-purchased 10 million Johnson & Johnson doses, with options to buy another 28 million.

The U.S. approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last month.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says one dose was 85% protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness in a massive study that spanned three continents.

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