Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has halted manufacturing of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, in line with a New York Instances report.
The pharmaceutical firm final yr quietly shut down manufacturing at a plant in Leiden, Netherlands, which was the one facility the place usable doses of the vaccine have been manufactured, catching a few of its clients off guard, together with creating nations that desire the single-dose J&J drug over two-dose options, the report states.
Johnson & Johnson has as an alternative been utilizing the plant to work on an experimental and probably extra worthwhile drug that would shield in opposition to an unrelated respiratory virus, in line with the report.
The plant is predicted to renew manufacturing of the COVID-19 vaccine, however it’s unclear when.
J&J didn’t touch upon the plant closure experiences, however mentioned in an announcement to CBS Information “we at the moment have tens of millions of doses of our COVID-19 vaccine in stock” and “we proceed to satisfy our contractual obligations … [to] the African Union.”
Vaccine of selection for poorer international locations
The J&J vaccine, known as the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, made by Janssen Biotech, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is the vaccine of selection for poorer international locations which are relying on the drugmaker to assist them struggle the pandemic.
Wealthier nations just like the U.S. have favored pictures from Moderna and Pfizer, as a result of the 2 look like simpler in opposition to COVID-19 variants like Omicron, and since the Janssen vaccine has, prior to now, been linked to uncommon however probably life-threatening blood clots.
On condition that just one dose of the J&J vaccine is required, although, it is cheaper than its double-dose counterparts and likewise simpler to ship, making it standard in lower-income international locations.