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Johnson & Johnson has to throw away 60 million vaccine doses because of possible contamination at the beleaguered Emergent BioSolutions plant

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 11 Jun 2021


<p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/6075fa1674da0300181e178f-2400/GettyImages-1231560614.jpg" border="0" alt="johnson &amp; johnson vaccine" data-mce-source="Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>The Food and Drug Administration has told Johnson &amp; Johnson to throw out about 60 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from a beleaguered plant, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/us/politics/johnson-covid-vaccine-emergent.html">people familiar with the situation told The New York Times.</a></p><p>The vaccine doses were made at a factory for Emergent BioSolutions, a biotech firm that's known for producing anthrax vaccines.</p><p>The factory has been closed for two months because of regulatory concerns after Emergent BioSolutions discovered that workers had accidentally mixed up ingredients in a batch of Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine doses.</p><p>People familiar with the situation told The New York Times that the 60 million COVID-19 vaccine doses are being thrown away because of possible contamination. White House Press Secretary <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/company-heart-jj-vaccine-woes-series-citations-76803905">Jen Psaki</a> said in early April that zero of the contaminated vaccines were sent out for public use.</p><p>Another 10 million doses will be allowed to be distributed, but with a warning about the factory's manufacturing practices that the FDA has scrutinized for years, according to the <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/company-heart-jj-vaccine-woes-series-citations-76803905">Associated Press</a>.</p><p><em>This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.</em></p><p><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"></p><p><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"></p><p><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img border="0" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/fda-tells-johnson-and-johnson-throw-out-vaccine-doses-2021-6#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/navy-usns-comfort-hospital-ship-new-york-coronavirus-covid-19-2020-3">How the Navy's largest hospital ship can help with the coronavirus</a></p>
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