Feighan describes new vaccine as a ‘major breakthrough’

Sligo/Leitrim TD and Minister for Health and Wellbeing Frank Feighan says a new vaccine from U.S. pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson could be a major breakthrough in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus.


Johnson & Johnson has applied for authorisation for its vaccine to be used in the EU, with a decision expected by the middle of March.


If approved by the Amsterdam-based European Medicines Agency, it would be the fourth vaccine to be approved for use across the 27-nation EU.


Minister Feighan says the vaccine has a number of advantages; it is easier to store and only one shot is required.