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J&J Covid vaccine distribution in poor, Black communities raises race questions


Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center established at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, on March 5, 2021.

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Detroit resident Logan Patmon knows Johnson & Johnson‘s Covid-19 vaccine is easier to distribute than Moderna and Pfizer‘s shots. 

The 28-year-old Black attorney said he sees it as inferior because clinical trial data has shown J&J’s is 72% effective at guarding against Covid in the U.S., compared with about 95% for the other two vaccines.

“Why go for 70 when you can get 95?” he said.

To public officials, J&J’s shot is a blessing since it can be stored at refrigerator temperatures for months and takes…


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