COVID-19 Vaccine Drug Substance Manufactured by Emergent BioSolutions Authorized as Part of Johnson & Johnson’s Emergency Use Authorization
- Emergent continues to work with the FDA to address identified observations at Bayview facility in order to release additional batches and resume production
GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced that two batches of COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Emergent BioSolutions at its Baltimore Bayview facility were determined to be suitable for use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and have been authorized as part of Johnson & Johnson’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
“We are pleased that these initial doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be available to protect millions of people from this deadly disease,” said Robert G. Kramer, president and chief executive officer of Emergent. “We look forward to working with the FDA and Johnson & Johnson toward the release of additional batches and resuming production at our Bayview facility.”
Emergent is actively addressing issues identified by the FDA at its Bayview facility and plans to resume manufacturing of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine drug substance after Emergent, Johnson & Johnson, and FDA are confident that the steps taken have remedied shortcomings.
For nearly a decade, Emergent has been working closely with the U.S. government to ensure that manufacturing capacity stands at the ready to address public health emergencies. This foresight of the U.S. government led to the designation of Emergent’s Baltimore Bayview facility as a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) in 2012. This agreement was first established as a public-private partnership for influenza pandemic preparedness. Since mid-2020, Emergent has harnessed its capabilities to rapidly build and scale up capacity to manufacture bulk drug substance for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
About Emergent BioSolutions
Emergent BioSolutions is a global life sciences company whose mission is to protect and enhance life. Through Emergent’s specialty products and contract development and manufacturing services, Emergent is dedicated to providing solutions that address public health threats. Through social responsibility, Emergent aims to build healthier and safer communities. Emergent aspires to deliver peace of mind to its patients and customers so they can focus on what’s most important in their lives. In working together, Emergent envisions protecting or enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030. For additional information, visit Emergent’s website and follow Emergent on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
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