Health Canada finds AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines from Baltimore plant safe, of high quality

A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. — Reuters pic
A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. — Reuters pic

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OTTAWA, April 26 — Canada’s health department said on Sunday the 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca Plc Covid-19 vaccine imported from Emergent BioSolutions’ Baltimore facility were safe and met quality specifications.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had stopped AstraZeneca from using the facility earlier this month and halted production of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine at the plant as it began investigations into an error that led to millions of doses of J&J’s vaccine being ruined last month.

However, Health Canada said it reviewed test results of all vaccine lots that came into the country and found them to be safe.

J&J doses produced at the Baltimore, Maryland, site have not entered the country, the regulator said, adding that vaccines from the company anticipated to be imported next week were not made at that facility. — Reuters

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