The United States has placed Johnson and Johnson in charge of the factory that is responsible for destroying 15 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine and has stopped the British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC from using the facility, a senior health official said on Saturday.
J & J said it was “assuming full responsibility” from the BioSolutions facility situated in Baltimore, reaffirming that it would give as many as 100 million doses to the government by the end of May. The Ministry of Health & Human Services facilitated these steps, said health officials in e-mail, asking not to be named because of the problem’s sensitivity.
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AstraZeneca, the vaccine that has not been approved in the United States, said it would work with President Joe Biden’s administration to find an alternative site to produce its vaccine. White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The development was first reported by the New York Times, further hampering AstraZeneca’s efforts in the United States. The government has criticized drugmakers for using outdated data in the results of the vaccine trial. However, it later revised its research.
Several weeks ago, workers at the Emergent BioSolutions factory conflated materials for J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines; The Time reported earlier this week. On the other hand, J&J said that ruin had not made it to the fill-and-finish stages. The government’s decision to use the facility to make the single-dose vaccine by J&J is intended to avoid mix-ups in the future, said Times, quoting two senior federal health officials.
The top US infectious disease doctor told Reuters on Thursday the country might not need the AstraZeneca vaccine even if it won the drug regulator’s approval. The United States has loan deals to send Mexico and Canada around 4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines made at the American facility.
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