U.S. authorizes more batches of J&J COVID-19 vaccine made at Emergent

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The FDA has now authorized 11 batches of the vaccine manufactured at the facility.

In April, U.S. authorities halted production after ingredients from AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:AZN)’s COVID-19 vaccine, also being produced at the plant at the time, contaminated a batch of J&J’s vaccine.

Today’s authorization was based on a thorough review of facility records and quality testing by the manufacturer, and considering the current COVID-19 public health emergency, the health agency said in a statement.

An estimated 30 million to 50 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine made early this year have been sitting idle in the Baltimore plant for weeks awaiting a green light from U.S. regulators to ship, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters late last month.