Johnson & Johnson officially asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, taking forward the possibility of a third coronavirus vaccine for the American market. To help get the vaccine to this point, Rutgers was used as the second-largest Phase 3 clinical research trial site. The site, based at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, enrolled 840 participants from the university community and throughout New Jersey. Through trial, the vaccine was found to be 85% effective in preventing severe disease and demonstrated complete protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization as of 28 days. It was also found to be 72% effective in the United States and 66% effective overall. To read the full story.