Coronavirus vaccine producer pledges one billion doses set to be injected by March 2021

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Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, chief scientist and member of the Executive Committee at Johnson and Johnson Dr Paul Stoffles said one billion doses of coronavirus vaccines could be delivered in the first quarter of 2021. He said: “We are doing a very large production scale already in the US and in Europe and we are building additional capacity around the world.

“Next year we can at least deliver one billion dosages already.

“We are working to do more. So we didn’t wait for clinicals to start production.”

Asked whether people could expect injections by the end of 2020, he said: “I think it will be early next year, in the first quarter, January to March.

“Of course, everything depends now on the speed we can recruit and finding the regions where there is transmission because we need transmission to prove that it works.”

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