EU member states have begun receiving deliveries of the highly-anticipated, one-shot Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.
Distribution began yesterday with the EU bloc expected to receive 55 million doses of the vaccine by June.
Malta will receive consignments of the J&J vaccine as it aims to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 by June – a revised date brought forward from August following a highly effective vaccination campaign.
So far, a total of 244,718 people in Malta have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine with 71,481 receiving both doses.
This is the fourth vaccine to be granted approval by the bloc and differs from all other vaccines in that it requires a single dose.
Meanwhile, the Russian-produced Sputnik vaccine continues to be tested by the EMA for safety and effectiveness.
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