J&J has partnered with the US government on a $1 billion investment to produce more than 1 billion doses of its vaccine, which is set to enter human testing in the second half of this month.
The manufacturing activities will happen at Emergent's Baltimore Bayview facility, the company said. The facility was set up by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and make medical countermeasures, such as vaccines and therapeutics used to fight health emergencies.
The facility, designated by the HHS as a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, has the capacity to produce tens to hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine yearly, Emergent said.
Emergent has also signed similar deals to expand the manufacturing capacity of Covid-19
vaccines under development by AstraZeneca Plc , Novavax Inc and Vaxart Inc .
The company also received $628 million from the US government, which is looking to secure manufacturing capacity for a potential Covid-19
vaccine under its "Operation Warp Speed" program.