No cargo has left government in weeks, official told CNN – –

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No cargo has left government in weeks, official told CNN – –


The government has not sent any doses of the J&J vaccine to states since the first week of May, an official told CNN. This figure is consistent with data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccine shipments.
The lag comes, however, as the pace of vaccination has slowed in recent weeks and nearly half of the eligible U.S. population – people 12 and older – are already fully vaccinated. The J&J vaccine is authorized for use in persons 18 years of age and older.

Nearly 11 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – about half of the more than 21 million doses that have been delivered to states and other jurisdictions – have not been administered, according to CDC data.

However, the doses will go overseas, White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said. “We are shipping doses of Johnson & Johnson to other countries,” Zients told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday.

The lack of deliveries is directly linked to problems with the Emergent BioSolutions plant in Baltimore. The facility, which has battled contamination issues, has still not produced a single usable dose of J&J’s vaccine as it awaits regulatory approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Earlier Thursday, Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that the FDA had authorized an extension of the shelf life of its Covid-19 vaccine. The move increases the vaccine’s refrigerated storage time from three months to 4.5 months, and comes as some states have said currently available doses must expire in late June, potentially before they can be used.

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