Serious Questions Raised About Aspen Destroying 30 million J and J Vaccine Doses

What happened to tens of millions of potentially contaminated COVID-19 vaccine doses that originated from a troubled manufacturing plant? TrialSite News Africa’s Shabnam Palesa Mohamed probes the matter in one of our Drugs, Politics, and Power series.  

Potentially contaminated J & J doses climb

Published in The Continent, reporter Laura Lopez Gonzalez recently wrote that Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited (Aspen) had been forced to destroy 30 million doses of J and J in June, not 2 million as initially reported.

Aspen was appointed to fill and finish the vials, but US authorities discovered that 60 million batches of the vaccine doses produced at Emergent BioSolutions factory in the US may have been contaminated before they were shipped to Aspen for finishing. It is not clear what quality control measures are in place, but of course, all such companies follow or are supposed to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) and local laws—more of this to follow.

This revelation again raised questions whether these are the same doses that were ‘dumped’ at the US Emergent plant in April 2021 and then shipped to South Africa. A...

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