While China administers experimental vaccines to civilians, Johnson & Johnson is developing a coronavirus vaccine in the United States that has entered late stage trial testing. This news is certainly to come with a mix of emotions from the public.
Those who have been on the edge of their seat, staying at home and properly social distancing waiting for a cure have reason to be excited. On the other hand, those who are concerned with the scandals that Johnson & Johnson have been involved in, or are skeptical of vaccines in general, are sure to be more concerned than anything else.
In the interest of balanced reporting, we will cover both sides of the issue.
Operating under the Operation Warp Speed initiative launched by the White House, the vaccine has reportedly shown promising results. Providing protection in monkeys after only a single dose, this sets the product apart from other vaccines that require multiple doses.
Bill Gates gave an interview in July where he said that none of the vaccines underway appeared to work with a single administration.
“If what you’re trying to do is block all the transmission, then you need to get 70-80% coverage on a global basis. So it’s unbelievably big numbers,” he said, according to CBS News.
Bill Gates is a self proclaimed medical expert, however he does not have a degree to this effect.
The New York Times reports:
The seventh version proved more powerful than the rest: Five out of six monkeys that received it had no detectable viruses at all. The sixth had only low levels in its nose.
“The fact that we could protect with a single shot in animal models was quite a positive surprise to us,” said Dr. Paul Stoffels, the chief scientific officer of Johnson & Johnson.
Johnson & Johnson Scandals
A summary of scandal from the company has been posted on NPR.
Currently under fire for over producing opiod based pain killers, it isn’t the first time Johnson & Johnson has dealt with the legal spot light.
In 1982 they issued a recall on their product Tylenol after multiple deaths resulted from cyanide contamination.
Even their baby powder hasn’t been without scandal. The company was ordered to pay out $4.7 billion in a lawsuit over the cancer causing effects of talcum used to produce the powder.
It isn’t surprising that people who look for the popular brand when shopping for baby shampoo, may wish to steer clear when looking at medical treatments. A Johnson & Johnson vaccine may not be the most marketable name.