White House's removal of AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot production from Emergent plant won't affect its dose output: official

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker prepares a dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Antwerp, Belgium March 18, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

(Reuters) – The U.S. government’s removal of AstraZeneca PLC’s COVID-19 shot production from Emergent BioSolutions Inc’s Baltimore manufacturing facility does not suggest it has any concerns about the vaccine’s safety or effectiveness and will not impact its output of doses, a White House official said on Monday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ordered Johnson & Johnson to take charge of production at Emergent and for Emergent to stop making AstraZeneca’s shots after the contract manufacturer made an error that ruined 15 million J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses.

“This is a decision that HHS made with Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca in complete collaboration,” White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt told reporters during a press conference.

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