Britain on Friday approved the use of the single shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency announced.
“This is a further boost to the UK’s hugely successful vaccination programme, which has already saved over 13,000 lives, and means that we now have four safe and effective vaccines approved to help protect people from this awful virus,” said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The government hopes the single-dose jab “will play an important role in the months to come”, he added, as young people come forward for their vaccinations amid concern over the rise of the so-called Indian variant.
Britain has ordered 20 million doses of the vaccine.
The European Medicines Agency said in April that a warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelet count should be added to its product information following cases in the United States.