Germany demands that J&J replace contaminated vaccine doses

pharmafile | June 14, 2021 | News story | Sales and Marketing  

Germany’s health ministry has demanded that J&J must deliver 6.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Germany in July to make up for the shortfall expected in June.

This follows the FDA telling J&J to dispose of millions of doses due to potentially contaminated vaccines during a recent inspection at a plant in Baltimore.

A German Health Ministry spokesperson said: “This is regrettable because each dose counts. We therefore expect from J&J that this amount is delivered in July as quickly as possible.”

US media reported that 10 million J&J doses had been cleared for use, but 60 million faced disposal.

The ministry said: “As of today we expect Biontech [Pfizer] to deliver 50.3 million doses, Moderna 6.4 million doses, and Astrazeneca with 12.4 million doses to meet their respective current supply commitments for the second quarter.”

The ministry also said that J&J had been due to deliver 10.1 million doses of its one-shot vaccine in the second quarter of 2021.

Last month the EU sued AstraZeneca over its failure to deliver on its vaccine promise after it delivered only 30 million doses in the first quarter of 2021 out of the 120 million it was contracted to supply.

The UN estimates that 11 billion doses are needed to quash the COVID-19 pandemic.

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