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J&J contractor plans to resume COVID-19 vaccine production at Baltimore plant – WSJ

A box of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines is seen at the Forem vaccination centre in Pamplona, Spain, April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Vincent West/File Photo

July 28 (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) contractor Emergent BioSolutions Inc (EBS.N) plans to resume COVID-19 vaccine production at its Baltimore plant after getting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Wall Street Journal reported late on Wednesday, citing a statement from the company and a FDA letter.

Production of J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine at the Baltimore site was halted by U.S. authorities in April following a discovery that ingredients from AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine, also being produced at the plant at that time, contaminated a batch of J&J’s vaccines.

J&J, Emergent and the FDA did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu

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