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About 15 million single doses of COVID-19 from Johnson & Johnson have been destroyed, and future shipments of the vaccine will be delayed. All of this happened after a fatal mistake at a manufacturing facility in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Johnson & Johnson has partnered with Savingent BioSolutions to produce the active ingredient of the vaccine. But according to senior Biden government health officials, workers at the West Baltimore facility mixed the ingredients in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with those of a COVID- 19 other. Earlier in early March, two senior officials working in the federal government revealed to the media about many serious problems at the plant, but did not know the exact details of the situation.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine incident began before the Food and Drug Administration authorized the facility to produce the vaccine. Now that authorization has been delayed and shipments delayed.
In a statement on Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson acknowledged the problem, but noted that none of the vaccines in use were affected. The company explained that “The quality control process has identified a batch of pharmaceutical substance that does not meet the quality standards… This shipment has never been moved to the filling and finishing phase of our manufacturing process”. The vaccine currently in use in the US is produced in the Netherlands.
Due to errors, the Biden administration has asked Johnson & Johnson to strengthen production monitoring at the Emergent BioSolutions facility. But getting the facility to the required standards could take days or weeks, according to a senior government official.
The delay is significant for Johnson & Johnson, as the company has been struggling to ramp up its vaccine production. The company barely met its commitment to deliver 20 million doses by the end of March, according to the report Politico. However, the Johnson & Johnson production ramp-up is critical to the Biden administration’s plan to have enough vaccine by the end of May to vaccinate every adult in the US. Johnson & Johnson are planning to provide 100 million doses of the drug by that time.
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