US stops AstraZeneca vaccine production at Baltimore plant

illume - The administration of US President Joe Biden on April 3 has decided to stop production of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine at a factory in Baltimore after the breakdown of 15 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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The new decision, made by the Ministry of Health and Human Services, aims to have the Emergent BioSolutions plant in Baltimore focus entirely on Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine production. It also avoids the same manufacturing problems as happened with the 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

US stops AstraZeneca vaccine production at Baltimore plant
AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: Reuters

Earlier, on March 31, the New York Times reported that 15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine of Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company were damaged during production at the Emergent BioSolutions factory in Baltimore.

Johnson & Johnson later confirmed there was a batch of substandard drugs. However, this batch of pharmaceutical substance has not been put into the final stages of the production line.

Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson also decided to add experts in production, professional operations and quality to Emergent factory to supervise, direct and support all production stages of Covid-19 vaccine.