The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Johnson & Johnson to destroy 60 million doses of tainted mRNA vaccine made at a Baltimore plant.
The Baltimore plant, run by Emergent BioSolutions, was shut down two months ago after a mixup ruined millions of doses. The vaccine doses were ordered destroyed on Friday.
Emergent BioSolutions was cited for multiple heath code violations. The FDA has ordered Johnson & Johnson to discard 60 million doses made at the plant.
The health code violations include workers failing to shower or change clothes, mold in the equipment and poor disinfection of equipment.
As a result of the 60 million discarded vaccine doses, the United States will not meet the White House’s goal for 70% of Americans partially vaccinated by July 4.
This is the second time Johnson & Johnson has been targeted by the FDA.
In April, the FDA halted the production of Johnson & Johnson vaccines after reports of deadly blood clots.
Six women were diagnosed with blood clots after taking the J&J vaccine. One woman died.
It is unclear how many Americans received doses of the J&J vaccine after the ingredient mix-up.