The FDA panel voted unanimously to authorize the J&J vaccine. Good. Be aware, nevertheless, that the single-shot J&J vaccine is sort of akin to the primary dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. But, few individuals are demanding that J&J be required to supply a second shot in any respect, not to mention in 3-4 weeks (What about vaccine escape! How lengthy does immunity with a single-shot final! What in regards to the kids!). It truly is scandalous how these objections to a single-shot have disappeared. That is proof of what I name magical thinking–an undue give attention to the medical trial design as having incantatory energy.

Why did J&J give attention to a single-shot? Was this due to “the science”, i.e. one thing distinctive about their vaccine? No. J&J centered on a single-shot vaccine for a similar pragmatic causes that I favor First Doses First.

J&J representatives stated they selected to start with the one shot as a result of the World Well being Group and different specialists agreed it could be a sooner, more practical software in an emergency. (emphasis added).

My view is that it could be good if the J&J vaccine was adopted by a booster–maybe of another vaccine–however that it’s individually tremendous and actually socially helpful to get extra individuals protected shortly by delaying the booster for a minimum of 12 weeks to when vaccines are much less scarce. I don’t presently see a motive for pondering otherwise in regards to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.