Merck to manufacture J&J's COVID-19 vaccine

Merck, one of the world's largest vaccine makers, will work with Johnson & Johnson to boost supply of its single-shot vaccine, President Joe Biden's administration announced March 2.

Under the agreement, Merck will dedicate two of its U.S. facilities to producing Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. One will produce doses, and the other will be for filling the vials with the vaccine and packaging them before distribution.

Merck discontinued the development of its two COVID-19 vaccine candidates Jan. 25.

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