Fri, 06 Aug 2021

WASHINGTON D.C.: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that Johnson & Johnson must destroy millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine that were manufactured at a Baltimore factory. At the same time, millions of other doses were cleared for use.

While some 10 million doses have been approved for use, an additional 60 million doses must be destroyed, said the FDA.

In April, the Emergent BioSolutions plant in Baltimore was ordered to stop manufacturing the Johnson and Johnson vaccine due to improper supervision during the manufacturing process.
Manufacturing only continued at the plant after Johnson and Johnson was placed in charge.

Last month, Emergent Chief Executive Robert Kramer said there were 100 million doses of Johnson and Johnson's vaccine ready for FDA review.

The April manufacturing problems were the result of ingredients from AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, also being produced at the plant at the time, having contaminated a batch of Johnson and Johnson's vaccines.

The FDA also found sanitary problems and poor manufacturing practices at the Emergent plant.

Meanwhile, both the EU and Canada have expressed doubts about the user of vaccinations manufactured in Baltimore.

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