The US government is blocking states from ordering Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine so they can clear their backlog of unused doses
- The government has blocked any shipments of Johnson & Johnson's
vaccine, health officials told the WSJ.
- States already have stockpiles of the single-dose J&J shot, and vaccination rates are falling.
- Millions of J&J vaccines are due to expire this month.
The US government is stopping orders of Johnson & Johnson
It was unclear exactly why the government halted the J&J vaccine shipments based on the comments from officials, the Journal reported.The vaccine suspension comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday extended the shelf life of the J&J vaccine from three months to four-and-a-half months when refrigerated.
States currently have excess doses of the J&J vaccine, and millions of the single-dose vaccines are set to expire in June. The J&J shot was authorized by the FDA in February.J&J told Insider it would "continue to work with the US government and health authorities to support the use of our vaccine, which continues to play an important role, including among those who wish to be fully vaccinated with one shot." Just over half of the American adult population have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 shot, according to data from the CDC.
But vaccine uptake is dropping. On April 1, vaccination rates hit a peak of 4.3 million, but in June that number fell to an average of less than one million a day, CDC data showed.
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