The U.S. government has intervened with a Baltimore vaccine manufacturer that previously had to discard 15 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after manufacturing errors, The New York Times reports.
Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson takes over, and the factory is no longer allowed to produce AstraZeneca vaccines.
The intervention was done to prevent future mistakes, two senior federal health officials report. Johnson & Johnson, which is responsible for the production of the corona vaccine developed in Leiden, confirmed the changes.
The factory is owned by Emergent BioSolutions. That made vaccines there for both AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. It was recently revealed that the company accidentally mixed up the ingredients of the two different anti-corona drugs, destroying 15 million doses.
Federal officials fear the mistake will erode public confidence in the vaccines, according to The New York Times. Reason to intervene now. AstraZeneca says in a statement that it is looking for an alternative production location together with the U.S. government.
As a result of the manufacturing error, the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the United States has now slowed significantly. The incident is harrowing for the pharmaceutical company. It was hoped that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, one shot of which is enough, would substantially speed up the vaccination program in the U.S.