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Colorado will get $385 million after Johnson & Johnson, distributors finalize landmark $26 billion opioid settlement

By Geoff Mulvhill, The Associated Press CAMDEN, N.J. — Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors finalized nationwide settlements over their role in the opioid addiction crisis Friday, an announcement that clears the way for $26 billion to flow to nearly every state and local government in the U.S. Taken together, the settlements are […]

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FDA signs off on extending booster shots to Americans who got Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

By Matthew Perrone and Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially. The Food and Drug […]

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Johnson & Johnson pause may not affect Colorado’s vaccine equity efforts. But other issues persist.

A pause on Johnson & Johnson doses will do little to alter the course of Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Gov. Jared Polis’ office says. The single-dose option has recently accounted for only about 9,000 doses delivered to the state each week, “a drop in the bucket,” said Rick Palacio, who is helping lead vaccine equity […]

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Colorado halts distribution of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after federal regulators recommend “pause” over blood clot reports

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Tuesday halted, for now, distribution of the coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson, following a decision by federal regulators to investigate concerns over rare blood clots. Though the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, more commonly called the J&J or the Janssen vaccine, makes up the […]

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Colorado’s new coronavirus vaccine phase, plenty of available shots draws people to rural Colorado

Hugo’s population of 730 jumped by almost half on Friday —  at least for a few hours — as hundreds of people descended on the Eastern Plains town hoping a single-dose inoculation would help put the pandemic in the rearview mirror. The Lincoln County Fairgrounds were covered in vehicle lines for hours, from diesel pickup […]

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FDA confirms that Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19

By Lauran Neegaard and Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall […]