Johnson & Johnson Is Teaming Up With Its Rival to Make More Doses

The Biden administration brokered the deal between the two competitors

Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Covid-19 vaccine was authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday, but the bulk of its doses won’t be available until the end of March. Manufacturing delays have stalled production of the vaccine at the company’s plant in Baltimore.

To help speed up manufacturing, the Biden administration has brokered a deal between Johnson & Johnson and its competitor Merck, which ended its own vaccine development program in January. As Bloomberg reported today, Biden is expected to announce the “historic partnership” at the White House this afternoon.

Merck will dedicate two of its U.S. facilities to helping make Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, according to the Washington Post. It has the potential to double what Johnson & Johnson can produce independently. Johnson & Johnson has allocated 3.9 million doses for immediate distribution and has committed to supplying 16 million more by the end of March.

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