BREAKING: Reports suggest that the FDA has ordered Johnson & Johnson to throw out about 60 million doses which were made at the Emergent BioSolutions plant. This is due to possible contamination. #JohnsonAndJohnson
South Africa has been waiting on the FDA to give an indication on whether or not the Johnson and Johnson vaccines they were packaged in the EC can be released. Now that the FDA is ordered for 60m doses to be destroyed, does that include batches brought to SA?
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday batches 5,6,7 & 8 could have been contaminated. Especially batch 8.
Minister also said J&J was going to provide additional vaccines to bridge the gap while SA waits on the FDA. We wait to hear if SA is affected.
Is SA affected in the over 60 million #JohnsonAndJohnson vaccines destroyed? The Department of Health says it’s waiting with bated breath. The Dep says the FDA has not issued their statement.
The FDA in a statement says it’s authorising for use, under the emergency use authorization for the Janssen #COVID19 vaccine, two batches of vaccine drug substance manufactured at the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore. #JohnsonandJohnson
The FDA says the decision to include these two batches of vaccine drug substance in the emergency use authorisation for the Janssen #Covid19 vaccine means that Janssen vaccine made with this drug substance can be used in the U.S. or exported to other countries.
So it seems as though a leaked report to NYT showed FDA was to tell J&J to dispose of the 60m batches, now it says because of scarcity some batches will be used while other batches still need to be reviewed:

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