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Meagan Cappa, of Wayne, spent a month to secure COVID-19 vaccines for her parents and grandparents. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

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New Jersey officials expect to receive 70,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine next week as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve emergency use of the vaccine as early as Friday. 

Where those doses will go is still being determined, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday. 

Murphy said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will allow officials to “be more nimble” in distribution. It is only a one-shot dose and is much easier to store than vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna because it requires only normal refrigeration.

“Having a third tool in our toolbox is critical,” Murphy said. 

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An FDA report released early Wednesday the vaccine deemed it safe and effective.

The vaccine was shown to be 72% effective in a U.S. trial in which all ethnic, racial and age groups benefited about the same, and was shown to be 85% effective in preventing the most severe disease.

J&J executives have pledged to deliver enough single-doses by the end of March to vaccinate 20 million Americans. The company will produce an additional 80 million by the end of June.

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