Emergent BioSolutions/EBS is the company whose products you don’t want injected in you. So what if the company claims they can make a billion doses of Covid vaccine a year. Doses of usable vaccine?
EBS has been making Covid vaccine for Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, which designed a Covid vaccine but is not actually manufacturing it. J and J’s Covid vaccine was “authorized” but not approved or licensed by FDA last week.
While the FDA authorization letter didn’t specify this, the NY Times discovered and the WaPo also reported that last week FDA withheld its authorization for the specific vaccine lots manufactured by EBS.
J and J just struck up a partnership with Merck to also produce the vaccine, presumably as a late replacement for the failing EBS product.
The FDA authorizationonly hints that authorization was withheld for some manufacturing facilities, by saying:
The manufacture of the authorized Janssen COVID‑19 Vaccine is limited to those facilities
identified and agreed upon in Janssen’s request for authorization.
EBS is 99% about getting those fat government contracts, and 1% about making usable products. And frighteningly for all of us, they have contracts to make a total of 7 drugs and vaccines for Covid.
I reviewed the entire sad history of Emergent Biosolutions in my talk for the National Vaccine Information Center’s 5th International Conference last October. My talk and all the others can now be viewed for free, here.
The NY Times has published two exposes on this company today. Please be sure to read these articles before deciding to accept any of their products. The NYT articles are:
“The shortage of lifesaving medical equipment last year was a searing example of the government’s failed coronavirus response. As health workers resorted to wearing trash bags, one Maryland company profited by selling anthrax vaccines to the country’s emergency reserve…