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Johnson & Johnson Announces Plan to Pause Vaccine Production to Focus on More Profitable, Non-Covid Vax

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The only Johnson & Johnson facility that is currently making the single-shot coronavirus vaccine announced it has halted production, at least temporarily. Based in the Netherlands, the plant will be focusing on a more profitable vaccine “aimed at a non-Covid virus” people familiar with the situation told the New York Times.

One source said the halt could reduce the supply of the vaccine by hundreds of millions of doses. CNBC reports that while it is unclear whether vaccine supplies have been affected by the decision, the J&J Leiden plant anticipates restarting production for the vaccination in March.

J&J spokesman Jake Sargent told CNBC in a statement that the company is “focused on ensuring our vaccine is available where people are in need” and added “we currently have millions of doses of our Covid-19 vaccine in inventory.”

CNBC writes how polls signify Americans are skeptical towards the J&J vaccine, which has been the only one approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, last year the FDA recommended pausing the use for J&J because of reports of recipients developing rare blood clots.

The fact that it was the only vaccine where one dose was needed instead of two made it initially more intriguing for people to get the vaccine. It also made transport and distribution easier as one dose can be stored without a freezer.

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  1. David Carson

    February 12, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    I thought J&J was being sent to Africa and poorer nations

  2. Stephane

    February 14, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Fantastic!
    There is nothing more TRUE than the PROFITEER saying the truth about its goal: MAKE MONEY HAND OVER FIST!
    Stop that crap for only Billions= MAKE HUNDREDS of Billions! For something that will NOT WORK, anyway!
    Trying to stop a cold?
    Everyone and their cousins have tried. AND FAILED!
    Now, what is it they want to eradicate?

  3. TellTheTruth-2

    February 15, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    LOL .. Slinking into the night .. hoping to avoid lawsuits.

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Watchdog: Pentagon likely rushed denials of COVID-19 vaccine Religious Exemption requests

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The Army only approved just 24 religious COVID-19 vaccine exemption requests out of a total 8,514 requests submitted by active duty soldiers, and  1,602 requests have been rejected while the rest remain pending.

Military.com obtained information showing the Pentagon rushed vaccine exemption denials:

Sean O’Donnell, the Pentagon’s inspector general, wrote in a June 2 memo to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin obtained by Military.com calling attention to a “concerning” trend in which military brass rushed to reject vaccine-exemption petitions rather than giving each request due consideration.

“We found a trend of generalized assessments rather than the individualized assessment that is required by Federal law and DoD and Military Service policies,” he said. “Some of the appellate decisions included documentation that demonstrated a greater consideration of facts and circumstances involved in a request.”

In March, a Texas judge blocked the Navy from dismissing sailors with pending exemption requests and in August, a Florida federal judge ordered class action relief and granted an injunction barring the federal government from enforcing the vaccine mandate for the Marine Corps.

National Review writes, “For the last year, military has been struggling with a recruitment problem. As of July, with only three months left in the fiscal year, the Army had met only 40 percent of its recruitment goal and reduced its active-duty force by 12,000 troops.”

O’Donnell calculated that officials likely gave each appeal a cursory glance rather than a thorough examination, possibly opening the door to litigation from service members who had to resign after they failed to obtain exemptions. Across all the branches, there were about 50 denials per day in a 90-day period, he determined. Over a thousand Coast Guardsmen have already tried to launch a class-action lawsuit in response to their being refused religious exemptions, the publication noted.

“The volume and rate at which decisions were made to deny requests is concerning,” the memo read. “Assuming a 10-hour work day with no breaks or attention to other matters, the average review period was about 12 minutes for each package. Such a review period seems insufficient to process each request in an individualized manner and still perform the duties required of their position.”

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