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U.S. puts J&J in charge of plant that botched COVID vaccine, removes AstraZeneca

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Vial with the AstraZeneca's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is pictured in Berlin

By Shubham Kalia

(Reuters) -The United States has put Johnson and Johnson in charge of a plant that ruined 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine and has stopped British drugmaker AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:AZN) Plc from using the facility, a senior health official said on Saturday.

J&J (NYSE:JNJ) said it was "assuming full responsibility" of the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore, reiterating that it will deliver 100 million doses to the government by the end of May.

The Department of Health & Human Services facilitated the move, the health official said in an email, asking not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.

AstraZeneca, whose vaccine has not been approved in the United States, said it will work with President Joe Biden's administration to find an alternative site to produce its vaccine.

White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The development, first reported by the New York Times, further hampers AstraZeneca's efforts in the United States. The government has criticized the drugmaker for using outdated data in the results of its vaccine trial. It later revised its study.

Workers at the Emergent BioSolutions plant several weeks ago conflated ingredients for the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines, the Times said earlier in the week. J&J said at the time the ruined batch had not advanced to the fill-and-finish stage.

The government's move to have the facility make only the J&J single-dose vaccine is meant to avoid future mix-ups, the Times said, citing two senior federal health officials.

The top U.S. infectious disease doctor told Reuters on Thursday the country may not need AstraZeneca's vaccine even if it wins approval.

The United States has loan deals to send Mexico and Canada roughly 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, made at its U.S. facility.

U.S. puts J&J in charge of plant that botched COVID vaccine, removes AstraZeneca
 

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Erwin Jedwab
Erwin Jedwab Apr 05, 2021 12:24AM ET
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My opinion is that Astra Zeneca vaccine is not safe at all. Not for people under  65 and not for people over 65 with underlying problems like heart diseases and who take different kind of medicine, like blood thinners. what·s age difference got to do with a vaccine ? Europe must be kidding no ?
Jo Pa
Jo Pa Apr 04, 2021 7:00PM ET
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Which Biden official did J&J have to bribe to remove it's competition from the US?
Joshua Harclerode
Joshua Harclerode Apr 04, 2021 4:43PM ET
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Not sure what went wrong. But must be Trumps fault.
Stevie Time
Stevie Time Apr 04, 2021 4:43PM ET
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Lol..A 105 year old man died in India today! Guess what.It was Trump's fault!
Red Maple
Red Maple Apr 04, 2021 2:36PM ET
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Trump and family were quietly vaccinated before leaving the White House.
CHAD TENDIES
CHAD TENDIES Apr 04, 2021 11:35AM ET
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Yeah I’m gonna pass on the warp speed vaccine
Raymond Huggard
Raymond Huggard Apr 04, 2021 11:35AM ET
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Rolling the dice .....
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 04, 2021 11:35AM ET
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something has to give when you warp the speed haha
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 04, 2021 11:35AM ET
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Be honest. Youre skipping it because your chinese government hasnt been able to provide you with one
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 04, 2021 10:29AM ET
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a rushed vaccine in every aspect lol
IceIce Baby
IceIceBaby Apr 04, 2021 5:06AM ET
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Boris will be sad.
DIMITRIOS MANAKOS
DIMITRIOS MANAKOS Apr 04, 2021 4:10AM ET
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USA was the first to question outdated Docs about AstraZeneca Vaccine efficiency.This AstraZeneca Vaccines show was from the beginning only compromise and permanent revisions of age groups efficiency etc.
Amine Fourali
Amine Fourali Apr 04, 2021 4:10AM ET
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Really...nowadays evryine is expert of everything...stocks, cryptos and now vaccines...This tells you a lot about our future...
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Apr 04, 2021 4:09AM ET
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j&j and Pfizer both owned by the blackvan duopoly. AstraZeneca isn't. I think I see where this is going
Gerald Mejias Rod
Gerald Mejias Rod Apr 04, 2021 4:09AM ET
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Here we go smh
Elvis Durant
Elvis Durant Apr 04, 2021 2:50AM ET
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scam!
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Apr 04, 2021 2:50AM ET
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Ah the sounds a zombie makes these days.
Mike Brarey
Mike Brarey Apr 04, 2021 1:27AM ET
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National interest above all
Mike Brarey
Mike Brarey Apr 04, 2021 1:26AM ET
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the fact that It's a foreign company really has nothing to do with the decision
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Apr 04, 2021 1:20AM ET
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mistake not so little.
Atlantic Coast Money
Atlantic Coast Money Apr 03, 2021 11:08PM ET
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Great way to build trust. Lol
Lake Lot
Lake Lot Apr 03, 2021 10:24PM ET
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One little mistake and they take away the whole factory
Geert Van Vaerenbergh
Gerardke Apr 03, 2021 10:24PM ET
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little ??
Tsei Eyeoyibo
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