The third Covid-19 vaccine could come next month, according to a leading U.S. health official

A third vaccine against COVID-19 could get US approval as early as next month, a senior US health official said on Sunday as the second vaccine was shipped nationwide.

Admiral Brett Giroir, an assistant secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, told ABC News that data on Johnson & Johnson and Janssen’s novel coronavirus vaccine is not yet due to be released, but the US will receive the third if approved would vaccine according to Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc.

He said U.S. officials are very confident that three Covid-19 vaccines will be available by next month, with more to come.

He also said the government is working with Abbott to increase the production of swabs used in Covid-19 tests.

Giroir said he currently sees no cause for concern about the new Covid-19 strain that has appeared in the UK.

In the eleven months since the first cases of the new coronavirus were documented in the US, COVID-19 has killed 311,000 Americans, by far the most in the world, and made millions of people unemployed, with unemployment rising.

Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccine shipments began leaving warehouses early Sunday and headed to health facilities in the United States to distribute the second approved coronavirus vaccine.

The distribution of Moderna’s vaccine at more than 3,700 locations in the US will significantly expand the rollout that Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE began last week.

U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program director Moncef Slaoui said it was most likely the first moderna vaccine shot approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, Monday morning.

“We look forward to the vaccine. It will be a little easier to distribute as it doesn’t have to be as low (a) as Pfizer,” Slaoui said on CNN.

The US government plans to ship 5.9 million Moderna recordings and 2 million Pfizer recordings this week.

However, an ambitious target of starting 20 million Americans with their first shot of the two-dose vaccination schedule before the end of the year could fall in the first week of January, U.S. General Gustave Perna told reporters on Saturday.

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