Another 62 million of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine doses are in jeopardy at the Baltimore factory that already ruined 15 million doses of the vaccine.
In February, workers at a factory run by Emergent BioSolutions — unknowingly cross-contaminated roughly 15 million doses of the J&J vaccine with AstraZeneca’s, permanently ruining the batch. None of the doses have been distributed to the public.
Now, 62 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been made at the factory and have to be checked to ensure they weren’t also contaminated.
Emergent BioSolutions said that the company’s quality-control systems were “working as designed to detect and isolate any batch that fails to meet quality standards for any reason.”
The company also added, “No one, including employees at Emergent, wants to see vaccines that cannot be used. Any allegation that our safety, quality, and compliance systems are not working or that we do not take these responsibilities seriously is unequivocally false.”