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REFILE-Emergent says it has disposed of spoilt COVID-19 vaccine batch

(Corrects typo in headline and paragraph 1)

April 1 (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson’s manufacturing partner Emergent Biosolutions said on Thursday that it had disposed of the single batch of COVID-19 drug substance that did not meet specifications.

J&J on Wednesday said it had found a problem with a batch of the drug substance for its COVID-19 vaccine being produced at Emergent’s site in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Discarding a batch of bulk drug substance, while disappointing, does occasionally happen during vaccine manufacturing, which is a complex and multi-step biological process”, Emergent said. (Reporting by Dania Nadeem in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)

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