Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine approved: How many jabs has the UK bought?

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The vaccine has been approved for use in the US, alongside the UK the EU and Canada have also ordered doses and 500 million doses have also been ordered through the Covax scheme to supply poorer nations. This is the fourth jab to be authorised for use in the UK. 

The single shot jab is set to be a cost-effective alternative to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 

It can be stored in a refrigerator instead of a freezer meaning that roll out of the vaccine will be easier. 

Trials found it prevented serious illness but was 66% effective overall when moderate cases were included.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This is a further boost to the UK’s hugely successful vaccination programme, which has already saved over 13,000 lives, and means that we now have four safe and effective vaccines approved to help protect people from this awful virus.

“As Janssen is a single-dose vaccine, it will play an important role in the months to come as we redouble our efforts to encourage everyone to get their jabs and potentially begin a booster programme later this year.”

The UK government has ordered 20 million doses of the vaccine.

The UK regulator MHRA was initially concerned about the use of the vaccine in the UK after concerns were raised in the US about potential links to highly rare blood clots.

However, these turned out to be extremely rare with just eight cases of blood clots found in over seven million people vaccinated in the US.

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