J&J Likely to Apply for EU Approval for COVID Vaccine in February: Lawmaker

By Reuters Staff

January 14, 2021

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. firm Johnson & Johnson is likely to apply for EU approval for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in February, a top lawmaker said on Wednesday.

"EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides announced during our (EU lawmakers) group meeting this morning that the vaccine manufacturer Johnson & Johnson is likely to submit an application for approval to the EU for their vaccine in February," said Peter Liese, who represents health matters for the EU's centre-right group, the assembly's largest.

The EU drugs regulator had said in December it expected the company to apply in the first quarter of this year.

The European Medicines Agency started on Dec. 1 a rolling review of the vaccine, which Johnson & Johnson is developing through its subsidiary Janssen.

The EU has booked 200 million doses of the J&J vaccine and has an option to order another 200 million shots. The J&J vaccine requires a single dose, unlike other vaccines approved so far in the EU and which require two doses for full protection.