Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Phil Yacuboski, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
GREENBELT — Whereas opening the state’s newest mass vaccination website in Greenbelt, Gov. Larry Hogan mentioned the state will get fewer vaccines from Johnson & Johnson this week.
Hogan mentioned the late phrase got here Tuesday evening from the White Home. Hogan mentioned the White Home had assured the state that they might be getting the identical quantity of Johnson and Johnson vaccines this week.
“We have been knowledgeable final evening that they will lower the allocation to all the states by roughly 5 million doses,” Hogan mentioned.
It means Maryland’s provide of the one-dose vaccine will get lower by 80,000. The state is working to reschedule these individuals affected. To assist with that, he says the state will get elevated doses of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
“It means we might be about 40,000 shorter than anticipated,” Hogan mentioned. “We anticipate we can handle all the appointments that have been scheduled. It’s a little bit of a problem that we’re scrambling to try to appropriate.”
Final week, the general public realized that Emergent BioSolutions, a Baltimore firm producing doses for each Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, needed to discard 15 million doses that had mistakenly change into contaminated. In response, Johnson & Johnson stepped up its oversight of the power.
Nevertheless, the Baltimore plant was not included within the pharmaceutical firm’s preliminary emergency use authorization. The AstraZeneca vaccine will not be at the moment authorized to be used within the U.S.