The Trump administration also deployed some Pentagon personnel to embed them in the factory’s emergency quality control department. They are still there today.
Two people familiar with emergency medical operations said that sometime in February 2021, emergency medical accidentally mixed the active ingredients of Johnson & Johnson vaccine with AstraZeneca’s injection vaccine. One of the people familiar with the matter said that the Emergent batch failed the test at the end of the month, and the company sent the 15 million doses of vaccine to Johnson & Johnson’s plant in the Netherlands for further testing. Johnson & Johnson conducted a series of other tests to confirm this contamination. Biden officials said that they did not know the contaminated dose until the last week of March.
Over the years, the FDA has repeatedly cited well-trained employees and mold and contamination issues in its facilities. After an inspection of Emergent̵
Both Trump and Biden officials believe that the federal government can do little to help increase recruitment and quality control of Covid-19 vaccine production in emergencies. Although the government provides funding for the development and testing of J&J lenses, it cannot control the operation of the Emergent factory or the operation of the company’s internal inspection department.
Since the news of the batch pollution came out, Johnson & Johnson has indicated that it will provide additional personnel and resources to the factory, which will work 24/7. Johnson & Johnson recently issued a statement saying: “In particular, the company will add dedicated operations and quality leaders, and significantly increase the number of manufacturing, quality, and technical operations personnel to work with company experts already in Emergent.”
It is not clear how many other Johnson & Johnson companies have been assigned to the Baltimore plant in recent days.