Covid-19 roundup: Ger­many puts J&J on the hot­seat for vac­cine back­o­rder; Top EMA of­fi­cial sug­gests for­go­ing As­traZeneca shot

Short­ly af­ter it was an­nounced that the FDA has re­quired J&J to dis­card tens of mil­lions of Covid-19 vac­cines that were con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed at an em­bat­tled Emer­gent plant in Bal­ti­more, MD, Ger­many has de­mand­ed that the com­pa­ny de­liv­er 6.5 mil­lion dos­es to make up for a short­fall, Reuters re­port­ed.

The FDA said Fri­day that two batch­es of the drug sub­stance used in J&J’s jab would be re­leased from quar­an­tine af­ter mil­lions of dos­es were held from dis­tri­b­u­tion at the Emer­gent site. While that frees up about 10 mil­lion dos­es, The New York Times re­port­ed Fri­day morn­ing an­oth­er 60 mil­lion dos­es were or­dered to be tossed out.

Endpoints News

Unlock this article instantly by becoming a free subscriber.

You’ll get access to free articles each month, plus you can customize what newsletters get delivered to your inbox each week, including breaking news.