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Emergent to resume J&J COVID-19 vaccine production at Baltimore plant

Emergent to resume J&J COVID-19 vaccine production at Baltimore plant

7/29/2021 8:30:00 AM

Emergent to resume J&J COVID -19 vaccine production at Baltimore plant

Emergent Biosolutions (EBS.N) said on Wednesday it would resume production of Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ.N) COVID -19 vaccine at its troubled Baltimore facility, where operations were stopped in April after millions of doses were found to be contaminated.

COVID-19 vaccine at its troubled Baltimore facility, where operations were stopped in April after millions of doses were found to be contaminated."We are proud to be resuming production of bulk COVID-19 vaccine batches following additional reviews and collaboration with FDA and our manufacturing partners," Chief Executive Officer Robert Kramer said.

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The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, cited a letter from the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) saying the agency had no objections with the plant resuming manufacturing. (https://on.wsj.com/3iXSAfg)U.S. authorities in April halted operations at the Baltimore plant following a discovery that ingredients from AstraZeneca's

COVID-19 vaccine, also being produced there at that time, contaminated a batch of J&J's vaccines.An FDA inspection had also turned up a long list of sanitary problems and bad manufacturing practices.The facility could make as many as 120 million doses a month at full capacity, but the finished doses might not be available until this fall, the Journal said, citing a source. headtopics.com

Johnson & Johnson and the FDA did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.Reporting by Aishwarya Nair and Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Ramakrishnan M.Our Standards:More from ReutersSign up for our newsletter

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