Merck to help produce Johnson & Johnson vaccine to speed up supply

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Drug maker Merck & Co will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved coronavirus vaccine in an effort to expand supply more quickly, a Biden administration official has confirmed.

The announcement came as the White House looks to speed up production of the single-dose vaccine.

Officials say J&J faced unexpected production issues with its vaccine and produced only 3.9 million doses before it received emergency use authorisation on Saturday.

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The company says it is on track to deliver 100 million doses by the end of June.

The assistance from Merck is expected to help J&J meet its production commitments and expand supply further, but the administration did not provide specifics.

President Joe Biden is set to highlight the development in a speech on Tuesday afternoon.

The news was first reported by The Washington Post.


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