Europe approves Merck’s plant to make J&J COVID-19 vaccine

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(Reuters) – The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Thursday it had approved U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co Inc’s manufacturing site in West Point, Pennsylvania to make Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier this year, Merck agreed to make its rival’s shot, after scrapping two of its own experimental COVID-19 vaccines.

The U.S. government at that time invoked the Defense Production Act to help equip two Merck plants to make the J&J vaccine.

The EMA said Merck’s site, to become operational immediately, was expected to support the continued supply of J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine in the European Union.

Europe approves Merck’s plant to make J&J COVID-19 vaccine

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