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New Brunswick NJ, earlier this week, New Jersey based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) reportedly announced that is reducing the size of its ongoing US SARS-CoV-2 vaccine clinical trial. The ongoing COVID-19 surge in the US actually benefits the trial by increasing the rate that participants are exposed and infected, meaning that the trial can meet its designated endpoint (e.g., specific number of cases) with fewer participants. In a recent press conference Dr. Moncef Slaoui, co-lead of Operation Warp Speed, emphasized that, while Pfizer and Moderna are moving closer to receiving Emergency Use Authorization, the J&J and AstraZeneca candidates are critical to the US government’s goal of vaccinating all Americans by summer 2021. J&J temporarily paused the Phase 3 clinical trials earlier this year in order to investigate an adverse event in the trial group, but it resumed the trial on October, 23.