COVID vaccine: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says city intends to distribute Johnson & Johnson vaccines after calling others better

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan declined an initial allocation of Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved COVID-19 vaccine this week, despite national demand continuing to exceed supply available.

However, in a recent statement, Duggan said the city would distribute the J&J vaccine as soon as demand “warranted it and we had our distribution plan so we could make it available to our residents as much as Moderna and Pfizer”.

Duggan, a Democrat who has been mayor since 2014, previously said he refused the shipment because the city could meet current demand by supplying Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines – even as his government granted residents immunization rights on Thursday Expanded CNN reports that he is 50 years and older with chronic illnesses.

“So Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best. And I will do everything I can to make sure the Detroit city residents get the best,” Duggan said during a news conference Thursday.

This is an update to the breaking news. An earlier version of this report can be found below.

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The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday approved the unique J&J vaccine, 72% effective in the US against moderate to severe / critical COVID-19 cases. Clinical studies showed that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were about 95% effective in two doses.

All three vaccines are highly effective in preventing serious diseases from COVID-19, and health officials have urged people to take every COVID-19 vaccine on offer.

“The day may come in March or April when every single Moderna and Pfizer are committed, and we still have people in need of a vaccine. And by that time we’re going to set up a Johnson & Johnson center. I don’t see that in the next few weeks, “said Duggan.

Detroit received a total of 29,000 doses of vaccine this week made by Pfizer and Moderna, the mayor said. He said he expected roughly the same amount next week and said repeatedly that there was enough supply to meet current demand. He urged all qualified residents to make appointments.

Detroit’s bulk vaccination transit point at the TCF center can be “maximum” at 5,000 cars a day of the week, Duggan said, adding that health officials will administer the remaining 4,000 doses between the vaccination events on “Senior Saturday” and the Department of Health’s outreach week.

Detroit received 6,200 doses of the J&J vaccine, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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“The Johnson and Johnson cans that Detroit did not use were made available to other health departments whose coverage rates were lower for those 65 and over,” spokesman Bob Wheaton told CNN in a statement.

The J&J vaccine doses “were allocated in addition to the distribution of Moderna and Pfizer,” Wheaton said, adding that Detroit did not receive additional Moderna or Pfizer supplies to replace the 6,200 forgotten J&J doses.

“All immunization providers who can manage the storage and administration of vaccines for a vaccine are expected to accept the vaccine,” he said.

Detroit vendors have delivered a total of 101,636 COVID-19 vaccine doses, according to the city’s COVID-19 dashboard, with 55,121 future doses already planned.

A Duggan spokesman did not immediately respond to follow-up questions from CNN about whether the city would accept the J&J vaccine in the future.

CNN has also asked the Biden administration for comment.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday the state is easing some coronavirus-related restrictions, including restaurant capacity. She cited lower case letters and the increased availability of vaccines.

She also noted that the J&J vaccine is made in Grand Rapids state.

The video is from an earlier report.

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