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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday granted Emergency Use Authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson. Governor Tim Walz released the following statement after the announcement:

“Authorization of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a game-changer in our fight to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. This vaccine is safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness and death. Because it requires only one dose, it will also help us quickly provide immunity to even more Minnesotans who have been waiting so long for protection against COVID-19.”

Minnesota will announce exact allocation decisions for this vaccine as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases recommendations for its use.