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An expert panel has recommended the Food and Drug Administration approval of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine that could be shipped out as early as this weekend.

In a virtual meeting on Friday, the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee unanimously approved of the U.S.'s third available COVID-19 vaccine, which is now just awaiting official approval this weekend. Federal officials say that 4 million doses can go out nationally next week, with an expected 20 million doses to be available by the end of March.

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Twenty-one providers in Travis County will receive a total of 46,540 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for the week of March 1 as part of the 12th weekly allocation, a nearly 50% increase compared to last week's.

The bulk will go to hub providers Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin, the clinic wing of Dell Medical School, as well as to Seton Medical Center, which will receive the largest share of this week's shipment.

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Citing a 77% decline in new COVID cases nationally since early January, Dr. Martin Makary, a surgical oncologist and professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, expects COVID-19 "will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life."

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Raji Parameswaran and Kendra Wright are two vaccine helpers, otherwise known as vaccine angels.

That necessity breeds invention is never more true than in today's world, with regular Joes and Janes inventing creative measures to help their neighbors navigate the state's COVID-19 vaccine distribution process. And the results have been nothing short of "heavenly."

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