Johnson & Johnson, which is in the third and final stage of its trial to develop a coronavirus vaccine, announced it will give up to 500 million doses of that vaccine to poorer countries around the world.
Johnson & Johnson did not specify which countries would get it for free.
Johnson & Johnson said it will know by the end of 2020 whether their vaccine works. Other pharma companies, such as Pfizer and Moderna, may have a vaccine ready even before that.
If all goes well with this final trial, Johnson & Johnson anticipates the first batches of its COVID-19 vaccine will be available for emergency use in the United States in early 2021.
The free doses given to developing nations would be rolled out in the middle of next year, said the pharmaceutical giant, which has its global corporate headquarters in New Brunswick.
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