Latest Covid-19 vaccine and US reopening news

An Army nurse holds a Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine vial in Orlando. Paul Hennessy / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images

During the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Health event on Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky said the company was working to ensure its vaccines could be used and used effectively.

“We are working very hard, both federally and locally, to do everything possible to ensure that these vaccines can be used and used in the best possible way,” said Gorsky.

He said he was proud of the progress made in vaccinating Americans.

“We still have a lot to do, there is still education and there is still information to be given,” he said.

“It will take more effort. I think we’re finding out now, the good news was that we put a lot of vaccines on the market to meet that initial surge in demand and now make sure we get the best possible delivery and allocation and the distribution system becomes even more agile, more Being flexible, not just here in the United States, between states, but actually around the world is going to be a job that we will need to continue to focus on for the weeks and months to come. “

Gorsky’s comments follow a statement released yesterday by the company saying it is working to extend the shelf life of its Covid-19 vaccine, while reportedly doses may expire before being used in the U.S.

“We continue to work with the US government and health officials to support the use of our vaccine, which continues to play an important role, including those who want to be fully vaccinated with one shot,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement across from CNN Tuesday. “We continue to conduct stability tests with the aim of extending the shelf life of our COVID-19 vaccine before it expires.”

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said in a new press release Tuesday that 200,000 doses of the state’s J&J vaccine will expire before the end of the month and the state will not be able to share the doses with any other state or country.

Of the 21.4 million J&J doses administered in the US, approximately 11 million were administered, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The J&J vaccine can currently be stored at refrigerator temperatures for up to three months.

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