COVID In Maryland: April 4, 2021 (Evening Edition)
RACHAEL CARDIN: Maryland adds more than 1,600 new COVID cases. More than 65 people have been hospitalized in the last 24 hours. The statewide positivity rate is now just under 6%. Hello again. I'm Rachael Cardin.
MAX MCGEE: And I'm Max McGee. The New York Times is reporting the Biden administration is putting Johnson & Johnson in charge of the Baltimore plant ruining millions of COVID-19 vaccines.
RACHAEL CARDIN: WJZ is live. Stetson Miller tells us more about why they made that change. Stetson.
STETSON MILLER: Rachael and Max, this change was made to avoid future mix-ups here at this plant. Now Johnson & Johnson is assuming full responsibility of making its vaccine here.
After 15 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were ruined at this Emergent BioSolutions solutions plant in Baltimore, the New York Times is reporting that the Biden administration put Johnson & Johnson in charge of the plant on Saturday, and moved to stop it from making the AstraZeneca vaccine, as well. The plant will now be solely devoted to making the J&J vaccine to avoid future mishaps.
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: All the doses that have been distributed to us and have been administered did not come from that plant.
STETSON MILLER: In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said it's assuming full responsibility of the manufacturing of the vaccine in the Bayview facility, and said it's adding dedicated leaders for operations and quality.
- When you have humans, there's going to be human error. And we're just hopeful that they get the issues under wraps so that they can produce the vaccine.
STETSON MILLER: The vaccine mix-up has delayed authorization of the plant's production lines. Johnson & Johnson says it's continuing to work with the FDA towards emergency use authorization of the Bayview facility. Johnson & Johnson also said it's expecting to still deliver nearly 100 million doses of its vaccine to the US by the end of May. We're live in Southeast Baltimore. Stetson Miller for WJZ.
RACHAEL CARDIN: A Walmart store in Dundalk is temporarily closed for cleaning tonight. The company closed the store along Northpoint Boulevard to allow crews to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building. Now Walmart officials say they made the decision to help protect their associates and customers. The store will remain closed until Monday at 7:00 AM.