U.S. health advisers have endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson that's expected to provide an easier-to-use option to fight the pandemic.

The panel of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experts ruled on Friday that J&J's vaccine protected against COVID-19 and should be made available for adults.

The FDA is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make J&J’s shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the U.S.

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Shipments of a few million doses could begin as early as Monday. More shots are urgently needed to stay ahead of a mutating virus that has killed more than 500,000 Americans.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced earlier this week that the state could receive 70,000 doses of the vaccine within days of the approval.
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