The manufacturing error that occurred at Emergent BioSolutions and noticed hundreds of thousands of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine discarded doesn’t impression already distributed doses, the White House mentioned on Friday. Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, mentioned that each one doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which have already been distributed within the U.S. have come from a special FDA-approved facility.
Zients mentioned the FDA is at the moment working with Johnson & Johnson to additional examine the problem, and that they’ll present and replace when the probe is full.
Workers on the Baltimore manufacturing facility reportedly combined substances from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with these from the yet-to-be-approved AstraZeneca jab. On Thursday, the Associated Press revealed that Emergent BioSolutions has a historical past of citations from the FDA for points concerning poorly skilled workers, cracked vials and mildew at one in every of its services.
Johnson & Johnson delivered 20 million doses by the top of March, and has dedicated to ship an extra 24 million within the month of April.
“Most importantly, the corporate has dedicated to be at or close to 100 million doses by the top of May,” Zients mentioned. “Stepping again, we can have sufficient provide for all Americans by the top of May, which is what’s most necessary right here,” Zients mentioned.
In an replace on the nation’s vaccination effort, Zients mentioned the U.S. is averaging 2.7 million pictures administered per day, up from final week’s 2.5 million.
“No different nation has vaccinated this many individuals this quick,” he mentioned.