Employees work in a laboratory at Emergent Biosolutions in Baltimore, Maryland on February 8, 2021.
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Some employees of the Emergent BioSolutions The Baltimore plant couldn’t shower or change clothes, which is what it takes to work in the factory, and it likely helped ruin millions of people Johnson & JohnsonCovid-19 doses, according to a memo released Wednesday by a key committee in the House.
Inspections of the Bayview facility conducted last year also revealed problems with mold, poor disinfection of facility equipment and inadequate staff training, employees of the Select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis said in the memo. The committee is holding a hearing on Wednesday examining the biopharmaceutical company’s role in the destruction of the J&J recordings.
Although inspectors found poor conditions at the plant, top executives received hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses last year and were commended for their leadership by the company’s board of directors. This is evident from other documents published by the committee.
According to one document, aspiring CEO Robert Kramer received a bonus of $ 1.2 million last year, while three other executives received payments of more than $ 400,000.
Emergent did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
The Wednesday hearing will take place more than a month after the Biden administration appointed J&J to manage the Baltimore facility after US officials learned that Emergent, a federal contractor who manufactured key ingredients for J&J and J&J AstraZenecaCross-contaminated ingredients for the two shots.
During the hearing, Kramer The FDA holds over 100 million J&J Covid-19 vaccine doses for further testing.
“There are a considerable number of doses that we have manufactured. Here, too, we manufacture the mass drugs,” Kramer told the legislature. “It has been reported by a number of news outlets that there are likely over 100 million doses of the J&J vaccine we make that are now under FDA review for possible release and availability.”
An inspection by the Food and Drug Administration later revealed that the facility was unsanitary and unsuitable for making the shots. In one 13 page reportThe inspectors wrote that the facility where the vaccine was manufactured “was not kept in a clean and hygienic condition” and “was not of the appropriate size, design and location for cleaning, maintenance and proper location Operation to facilitate “.
FDA inspectors said they observed paint peeling in multiple areas and damaging walls, which could affect “Emergent’s ability to adequately clean and disinfect”. They also found that when handling waste or materials used to make vaccines, employees did not follow standard operating procedures to ensure they were not contaminated.
The facility has not been approved by the FDA to manufacture or distribute Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, and none of the factory-made doses have been marketed for use in the United States. Emergent has agreed to cease production of materials until the issues identified by the FDA are resolved.
Emergent said at the time it was required to work with the FDA and J&J to resolve the issues.
“While we are never satisfied with defects in our production facilities or processes, these can be corrected and we will take quick action to correct them,” it said in a statement on April 21.