US ousts Astra from factory, puts J&J in charge

US ousts Astra from factory, puts J&J in charge”

But on March 31, J&J announced its quality control process had detected one batch of ingredients for its single-dose vaccine, produced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, did not meet the necessary standards at the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore.

The department also requested Johnson & Johnson to install a new team to oversee all aspects of manufacturing at the facility, the newspaper said, citing the officials.

A spokesman for Emergent declined to comment, except to say that the company would continue making AstraZeneca doses until it received a contract modification from the federal government. The inspection came just two months before the CDMO snared an eye-popping $628 million deal from the USA government to scale up production capacity in hopes of supplying "tens to hundreds of millions" of COVID-19 vaccine doses through 2021.

The vaccine has already been approved for adults in the US.

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Johnson & Johnson has vowed to expand staff and oversight at the plant, according to The Washington Post. Meanwhile, the measures Emergent put in place to "prevent contamination or mix-ups" had come up short, the investigator said.

The Biden administration has facilitated for Johnson & Johnson to assume "full responsibility" of a production plant after a mishap botched likely millions of doses-worth of COVID-19 vaccine. Federal investigators chalked it up to "human error", The Times reported, while Emergent itself flagged the issue and reached out to the FDA, according to J&J. "This batch was never advanced to the filling and finishing stages of our manufacturing process", the vaccine manufacturer said. Last month, a batch of Johnson & Johnson "drug product " failed quality control and was taken out of production, both J&J and Emergent have said.

Earlier this week, Emergent BioSolutions said in a statement that it was acknowledging that it botched a batch of vaccines but it remained confident in its ability to meet the United States government safety requirements and standards.

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