Prayer #339: For the FDA Approval of a Third COVID-19 Vaccine
An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave approval yesterday for emergency use of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the panel voting 22-0 in favor of this. There is now one more step before the vaccine can be released for public use: FDA officials will need to decide to grant final approval based on the panel's recommendation. It is expected that they will do so shortly. The vaccine was found to be 66.9% effective in preventing moderate-to-severe cases of COVID-19. The Johnson and Johnson drug is an adenovirus vector vaccine, which delivers a different, harmless virus (not the COVID-19 virus), which uses the machinery of the body's cells to produce a harmless segment of the virus that produces COVID-19, triggering the immune system to produce antibodies to fight it. In this way, the immune system, via battling this harmless version of the virus, learns to fight off COVID-19, without the risk of an actual COVID-19 case. If given final approval, Johnson and Johnson has indicated that it can deliver 20 million doses of the vaccine by the end of March and 100 million by summer, which could greatly help in the vaccination timetable for the United States.
Pray for the FDA officials who are now reviewing this panel's approval of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Pray that if approved, this vaccine could help to considerably shorten the completion of the vaccinations needed in this nation.
Ps. 125:1: "Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever."