White House says withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine from factory will not affect production

White House says withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine from factory will not affect production
White House says withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine from factory will not affect production
A decision by the United States government to end production of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine at the Emergent BioSolutions manufacturing facility in Baltimore is not a sign of concern for its safety or effectiveness and will not affect dose production, said a White House official on Monday.



Vials labeled as AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 in front of the company logo in photo illustration 3/14/2021 REUTERS / Dado Ruvic

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered Johnson & Johnson to take over production at the site that was being used to produce the two vaccines. Emergent was told to stop making the AstraZeneca vaccine after the contracted manufacturer made a mistake that ruined 15 million doses of J&J vaccines against Covid-19.

“This is not a decision that in any way has anything to do with any concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Andy Slavitt, White House adviser for Covid-19, told reporters during a virtual press conference.

The AstraZeneca immunizer, which is being used in dozens of countries, has come under closer surveillance because of reports of extremely rare but serious blood clots in the brains of some people who received the vaccine.

The US manufacturing error occurred several weeks ago, when it was discovered that a batch of J&J vaccines was contaminated with ingredients from the AstraZeneca product, the New York Times reported last week.

On Saturday, J&J reiterated that it will deliver 100 million doses to the government by the end of May.

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