60 Million Doses of the J&J COVID-19 Vaccine to be Discarded; Contamination Cited

60 Million Doses of the J&J COVID-19 Vaccine  to be Discarded; Contamination Cited
FILE – In this March 25, 2021 file photo, a box of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is shown in a refrigerator at a clinic in Washington state. A batch of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine failed quality standards and can’t be used, the drug giant said late Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The drugmaker didn’t say how many doses were lost, and it wasn’t clear how the problem would impact future deliveries. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes 60 million doses of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine produced by Emergent BioSolutions must be tossed due to contamination. Emergent’s mixing of an ingredient from AstraZeneca’s vaccine with a batch of J&J’s is cited as the cause for the contamination. This led to 100 million doses of the latter being put on hold and also to the closing of the facility in March. Another 10 million will be allowed to be distributed with a warning that Emergent’s manufacturing may be faulty.

Doses administered in the U.S. have come from the J&J’s plant in the Netherlands.

The unfortunate occurrence is the latest in a series of mishaps involving the one-dose vaccine. States raised concerns of a surplus of doses, which prompted the FDA to extend the vaccines’ expiration date by six weeks.

– BCNN1 Staff

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