Coronavirus: J&J will have to compensate for doses discarded following a quality control problem: government official


OTTAWA – A government official confirmed to a House of Commons committee on Monday that Johnson & Johnson will have to compensate for the more than 300,000 doses that have been rejected by Health Canada due to a possible quality control issue.

Speaking to members of the health committee, Bill Matthews, the deputy minister of purchasing, said the consignment that arrived in April from a facility in Baltimore, Md., Will “not count on deliveries under of the contract with J&J “.

He said the doses currently in quarantine will soon be destroyed.

Late last Friday, Health Canada said it had completed its review of the quality of the shipment and decided not to distribute them to the provinces to “protect the health and safety of Canadians.”

The doses were withheld after concerns that a substance used in the vaccine was being manufactured at Emergent BioSolutions at the same time as a separate batch of vaccine was contaminated.

“Health Canada has not been able to determine that this shipment of Janssen vaccine meets the ministry’s stringent quality standards,” the statement said. “To ensure the safety of any future vaccine supply to this facility, Health Canada is planning an on-site inspection, which should take place this summer. Until this inspection is completed, Canada will not accept any products or ingredients manufactured at this site.

The announcement comes after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday that J&J had to throw away millions of doses of its vaccine that were manufactured at the Baltimore plant.

Production of J&J’s vaccine at the site was halted by the FDA after it discovered that ingredients in AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine – also produced at the plant at the time – contaminated a batch of J&J’s vaccine. An FDA inspection also revealed sanitary issues and poor manufacturing practices at the plant.

Canada has obtained 10 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

With a file from Brooklyn Neustaeter of CTV News.


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