Janssen’s clinical trial tracked participants after they only got just one dose of its vaccine, a potentially sizable advantage. All other vaccines available or in late stage clinical trials require two doses—which complicates the logistics of distribution. On top of that, Janssen’s shot only requires regular refrigeration to be shipped and stored. Together, those two factors could make it significantly easier to quickly inoculate large swaths of the global population.
In a press conference, Janssen announced that it’d be reporting these data to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the coming week. Based on the regulatory agency’s review of the data, it could grant emergency use authorization, making it the third vaccine available in the US, behind the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Here’s what we know, and don’t know, about the vaccine so far.
Vaccination rates vary by county, determined by local factors
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected certain underserved and high-risk populations, including people of color, those with underlying health conditions, and those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Ensuring access to COVID-19 vaccines for these communities can help address the disparate health effects of the virus and achieve herd immunity.
The Biden administration has identified vaccine equity as a priority, but states and local jurisdictions vary in how and the extent to which they prioritize equity. Given that vaccine roll-out in the U.S. is inherently local, understanding how vaccination rates vary at the local level is important for informing outreach efforts and addressing equity.
Earlier CDC analysis found that, as of early March, counties with high social vulnerability had lower vaccination rates than counties with low social vulnerability.
Source: Kaisesr Permanente Foundation
Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi, the first Indian physician trained in the United States
Anandibai travelled to New York from Kolkata (Calcutta) by ship, chaperoned by two female English missionary acquaintances of the Thorborns. In New York, Theodicia Carpenter received her in June 1883. Anandibai wrote to the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, asking to be admitted to their medical program, which was the second women’s medical […]