Merck gets $269M to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

March 3, 2021 -- Merck has received about $269 million in U.S. funding to expand manufacturing capacity and supply of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccines and medicines.

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide Merck with $268.8 million to adapt and make available multiple existing manufacturing facilities to produce SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccines and medicines.

Also, Merck signed a deal with Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Merck will support the manufacturing and supply of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Merck will use its facilities in the U.S. to produce drug substance, formulate, and fill vials of Janssen's vaccine.

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