FDA reports multiple failings at plant that ruined 15 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses

Some failures found in the report include employees improperly handling medical waste.

Updated: April 21, 2021 - 3:36pm

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The Food and Drug Administration released an inspection report Wednesday citing multiple failures at a plant that ruined 15 million doses of Johnson&Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine.

The failures cited in the report occurred at the Emergent BioSolutions manufacturing plant in Baltimore.

The FDA states it found unsanitary conditions in the facility including waste that was not properly decontaminated and peeling paint in sensitive manufacturing areas. Security footage also showed employees failing to handle medical waste properly, according to The Washington Post.

Emergent BioSolutions said it would move quickly to fix the problems listed in the report.

"While we are never satisfied to see shortcomings in our manufacturing facilities or process, they are correctable, and we will take swift action to remedy them," the company said.

The report also indicated that Emergent BioSolutions failed to conduct a thorough review of the incident that caused the 15 million doses of the vaccine to be ruined.

The company confirmed the incident in early April in which ingredients from AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine were accidentally mixed in with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, contaminating it.

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