Expiration dates for millions of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine doses have been extended by six weeks.
After state officials warned that many unused doses would reach the three-month expiration limit by the end of June, Johnson & Johnson gained FDA approval to extend the expiration date for millions of doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine for an extra six weeks.
The FDA determines vaccine expiration dates based on data supplied by producers on how long the doses maintain their correct potency. The shelf life of the doses has been re-examined thanks to new samples from J&J and other manufacturers.
Following a decrease in the number of vaccination doses delivered daily in the United States, the expiration date has been extended. According to the Associated Press, the United States averaged roughly 800,000 new injections each day last week, down from a high of nearly 2 million a day two months ago.
By July 4, President Joe Biden wants 70 percent of America’s adult population to have received at least one dosage of the COVID vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 64 percent of adults in the United States have received at least one dose.
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The state of California has withdrawn its mask regulation.
A contentious mask requirement has been removed by California’s workplace regulators.
Their second such reversal in a week allows them time to explore a regulation that better accords with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s commitment that the state will completely reopen on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, though, some business leaders continued to put pressure on Newsom to override the board. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board’s rule would have permitted workers to avoid wearing masks provided every person in the room had received a full coronavirus vaccination.
This is in contrast to the state’s larger intention to eliminate practically all masking requirements for those who have been vaccinated.
India Asks China To Help Facilitate Essential Two-Way Travel
India is asking China to facilitate essential two-way travel between the countries and grant visas to Indian nationals working and studying there.
India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi says people from China, including the Chinese nationals, have been able to travel to India despite the absence of direct air connectivity. However, he says “for Indian nationals, travel to China has not been possible since. This is a brief summary.