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2 more COVID-19 vaccine trials raise hope for more doses

'I would say that should happen in the incoming weeks,' Dr. Larry Bush says
Posted at 4:14 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 17:49:52-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Two new COVID-19 vaccine trials could be close to applying for government approval and potentially opening up millions of doses to a strained vaccine supply system.

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"I would say that should happen in the incoming weeks, not months and months from now, hopefully, a few weeks from now," said Dr. Larry Bush, the lead investigator in the AstraZeneca trial in Palm Beach County.

The trial, which has 30,000 participants nationwide, is now closed, meaning as soon as the last patients receive the second shot, data will be collected and possibly presented to the FDA.

Johnson & Johnson's vaccine trial, a single shot dose, is also reported to be near an end, meaning their vaccine could also be up for approval soon.

Dr. Larry Bush
Dr. Larry Bush, who leads to AstraZeneca trial in Palm Beach County, is hoping by the middle of February the vaccine will be approved by the FDA.

"Anything that's going to prove to be efficacious, the FDA feels the benefit outweighs the risk should be used, and that will really open the supply line,” Bush said.

Currently, Pfizer and Moderna have the only COVID-19 vaccines approved in the U.S., and supplies to the states are already reported to be low with high demand.

Johnson & Johnson also has a two-shot vaccine entering a trial. Anyone interested in volunteering in Palm Beach County is asked to call 561-770-7370.