Johnson & Johnson: 15 million vaccine doses become unusable after a breakdown

The US vaccination campaign is getting off to a good start, with almost 100 million doses already administered. Now, however, there has been an incident that could affect the availability of certain funds, at least in the medium term.

A batch of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine is unusable due to a manufacturing defect. The US pharmaceutical company announced on Wednesday that there was a problem with a drug substance for its vaccine that did not meet quality standards in the Emergent Biosolutions production facility.

The error was reported to the health authority FDA and more employees are now used to monitor production. The problem had no effect on the delivery of more than 20 million cans in the USA, which was promised by the end of March. These were produced in the Netherlands and are not affected by the current incident.

Workers at the Baltimore plant that makes vaccines for both J&J and AstraZeneca accidentally mixed up the ingredients in the two vaccines a few weeks ago, the New York Times reported. 15 million vaccination units from J&J are affected. Federal officials would attribute the error to human error, it said.

For Johnson & Johnson the incident means a considerable damage to the image. After all, the manufacturer’s active ingredient, which only needs to be administered once, was considered an important factor in the US vaccination campaign.

The US President promises to be more urgent with the vaccinations

Just a few days ago, US President Joe Biden announced that he wanted to step up the pace of vaccinations again. By April 19, 90 percent of adults should be eligible for a vaccination, Biden said this Monday in the White House.

According to the CDC health authority, 52.6 million people are already fully vaccinated. More than 98 million have had at least one vaccination. The USA has a population of around 330 million.

In absolute numbers, the country is hardest hit by the pandemic worldwide: The number of deaths is over 552,000, and more than 30 million infections with Sars-CoV-2 have already been detected.

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