Harrisburg University Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Dr. Erik Hefti recently discussed the latest COVID-19 vaccine development with abc27 news.
In the story, “Pa. teachers expected to move into Phase 1A of state vaccine rollout as Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved,” Hefti weighed in on the development of a new vaccine by Johnson & Johnson.
Unlike previously introduced vaccines, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine only requires a single dose. The vaccine boasts an 85 percent effectiveness against severe COVID-19 cases, according to abc27. However, its effectiveness decreased to 66 percent when tested against moderate cases during testing trials, according to the story. Still, from a logistical standpoint, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine can be stored longer and doesn’t require ultra-low temperatures, according to abc27.
“All of those factors will continue to bode well for the vaccination efforts in Pennsylvania which have struggled,” Hefti said.
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