The COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen has been given regulatory approval by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency . This is the fourth COVID-19 vaccine to be authorised by the UKs independent regulator and is the first to be approved for protection against COVID-19 with a single dose.
Dr June Raine, MHRA Chief Executive, said:
• We have undertaken a thorough review of the conditional marketing authorisation application submitted by Janssen, including the information on quality, safety and effectiveness. I am pleased to confirm today that this authorisation has been granted.
• This is encouraging news for the public and the healthcare sector. We now have four safe and effective vaccines approved to help protect us from COVID-19.
• Our work does not end here. We are continually monitoring all COVID-19 vaccines in use once they have been approved to ensure that the benefits in protecting people against the disease continue to outweigh any risks.
• The safety of the public will always come first – you can be absolutely sure of our commitment to this.
The MHRA also obtained independent scientific advice from the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) and its COVID-19 Expert Working Group.
Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, Chair of the independent Commission on Human Medicines, said:
The independent Commission on Human Medicines and its COVID-19 Expert Working Group have carefully considered the MHRA’s evaluation of the application submitted by Janssen and are pleased to say that we have given the vaccine a positive recommendation.
This is yet another win for the vaccination programme, which has saved thousands of lives so far.
The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, part of the Agency, is carrying out independent batch release on all of the approved COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that every batch meets the expected quality standards, and will do so for the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.
The MHRA approval authorises the use of the vaccine in people aged 18 and over. The decision on whether to use the vaccine in pregnant or breast-feeding women should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional after considering the benefits and risks.