Spoiled Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines slow overseas military vaccinations

A batch of 15 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines that spoiled in Baltimore last week is affecting overseas military vaccinations of service members and their families who have no other recourse but to wait, the Pentagon said Thursday.

The Defense Health Agency has administered more than 2 million vaccines to military members at 350 locations globally and has doubled up the percentage of vaccines it ships overseas with respect to the percentage of the military population represented. But by sending more of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine overseas, deployed members of the military were adversely affected when Emergent BioSolutions contaminated a large batch of doses last week and was forced to destroy them, delaying shipments and production.

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