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Johnson & Johnson will test a COVID-19 vaccine soon. Here’s what we know

Johnson & Johnson will need 60,000 volunteers

A lab technician puts a label on a test tube during research on coronavirus, COVID-19, at Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical in Beerse, Belgium, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
A lab technician looks puts a label on a test tube during research on coronavirus, COVID-19, at Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical in Beerse, Belgium, Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
Virginia Mayo, Associated Press

Johnson & Johnson plans to test a new coronavirus vaccine with 60,000 volunteers in a late-stage trial, which is set to begin in September.

What’s going on?

  • Johnson & Johnson said it will conduct a trial in September in about 180 different sites across the United States, Brazil and Mexico — as well as other areas.
  • “We can confirm that planning and recruitment is underway for our Phase 3 program, which is subject to interim data of the Phase 1/2a trials and approval of regulators,” a Johnson & Johnson spokesman said, per Reuters.
  • Johnson & Johnson will review health data to decide where the studies take place. A final decision on locations will be made soon.
  • A separate trial from Moderna and Pfizer is requiring 30,000 volunteers.

Will Americans take the vaccine?

  • It’s unclear how many Americans will even take the coronavirus vaccine once it’s available. A new poll from NBC News and SurveyMonkey found that 44% of Americans said they’d get the vaccine, 22% said they wouldn’t and 32% said they’re unsure.