SAN FRANCISCO, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Governor of U.S. state of Washington Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced the authorization of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.
The announcement came after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention granted their initial authorization for the J&J vaccine.
The Western States Workgroup, comprising vaccine experts from the states of Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada, has met to review the data and analysis to ensure the safety and efficacy of all FDA-authorized vaccines, the announcement said.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were reviewed and authorized following federal authorization in December.
"The Workgroup's authorization gives us further confidence around the safety and efficacy of the J&J vaccine," Inslee said. "Like the other two, this vaccine offers strong protection against serious illness from COVID-19, which is critical in our fight against this deadly virus."
"We are making good progress on vaccination rates, and this third vaccine will help our efforts to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible," he added.