On August 6th, 2021, FDA released an update on various matters related to COVID-19. Among these topics was an update on Emergent BioSolutions, a manufacturer who has come under fire for their mishandling production of COVID-19 vaccines.
However, FDA has now approved certain lots of the AstraZeneca vaccine made at the facility suitable for export. While the AstraZeneca vaccine is not approved for use within the United States, it is used by various countries overseas.
Emergent’s Baltimore facility made headlines when it was revealed that production errors resulted in the loss of 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J’s) COVID-19 vaccine. This came amid additional alleged violations concerning cross-contamination and safety procedures.