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Officials to consider new COVID-19 vaccine this week

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An advisory panel led by an expert from Michigan decides this week whether to approve a new COVID-19 vaccine.  The panel – chaired by the University of Michigan’s Arnold Monto – will review data about a vaccine manufactured by Johnson and Johnson. It’s easier to store than those currently in use, and requires only a single shot.

Johnson and Johnson reached a deal with the federal government to supply 100 million doses of the vaccine within four months. But the Biden Administration says the company will have only a few million doses available immediatelY, if it is granted emergency authorization to begin delivering the vaccine. 

Still, President Biden predicts the nation will have enough vaccine manufactured from all sources, to inoculate every adult American eligible by the end of July.