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The scandal of the Astrazeneca vaccine from the Emergent Biosolutions plant in Baltimore
Faulty Covid vaccines were donated to millions of Canadians and Mexicans
We have previously reported (here and here) on the problems caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK and how it was quietly withdrawn even before Dame Sarah Gilbert was given a standing ovation at Wimbledon in June 2021 for leading its development.
What has not been reported in the UK (we could not find a single mainstream media outlet report) was the scandal involving the known faulty AstraZeneca vaccines produced in Baltimore that were exported to Canada and Mexico (and note that AstraZeneca never got approval for their covid vaccine in the US)
The following information was sent to us by a Canadian who was injured by the AstraZeneca vaccine that was 'donated’ to Canada from the United States. It highlights the myriad problems experienced at the Baltimore plant that resulted in it being shut down by the FDA and having to dispose of 500 million vaccine doses.
This overview is intended to highlight some of the many problems with the AstraZeneca vaccine that was produced at the Emergent Biosolutions plant in Baltimore. Astrazeneca vaccines from this plant were used in the Canadian market until May 11, 2021 when they were pulled.
This article from the National Post that was published on April 4, 2021 highlights the cross-contamination with Johnson and Johnson. The cross contamination ruined 15 million doses of J and J. AstraZeneca ended up being removed from production from the U.S plant.
But this article on 23 April 2021 revealed that more than half of Canada’s AZ vaccine came from the Baltimore plant (the article contains details of the many concerns the FDA had about the plant).
Law professor and drug policy expert from the University of Ottawa Amir Attaran said, “No way should Canadians be offered these doses.”
This is the press release from Health Canada from April 25, 2021 where they reassured Canadians about the safety of the product, which Dr. Attaran refutes.
Essentially, they were relying on AZ for their quality control information. That same week, Health Canada held off and ultimately rejected doses of Johnson and Johnson made from the same plant.
This article from the New York Times, May 12, 2021 states that the U.S government was unaware that the factory had previously discarded millions of possibly contaminated doses of AZ. The American government did not vouch for the quality of AZ doses from the Baltimore plant and had left it up to the Canadian/Mexican governments and Astrazeneca quality assurances. Canada had been informed about the manufacturing problems but was allowed to proceed. Prime Minister Trudeau still assured Canadians the vaccine was safe.
This article from the Washington Post/National Post cites extreme contamination and manufacturing problems at the plant. There was even a house panel investigation chaired by Representative James Clyburn into all of the problems.
On July 29, 2021, the National Post reported that the AstraZeneca vaccine was imported into Canada without health officials properly inspecting the operations of the U.S manufacturer. The acceptance of the AstraZeneca vaccine was based on an inspection from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) but the EMA had not actually inspected the area where the AstraZeneca vaccine was being produced. Again, Professor Attaran cites glaring holes in the process.
A report by the House of Representatives Select subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in May 2022 showed that Emergent had destroyed up to 400 million doses and attempted to cover it up.
By June 8, 2022 J and J had ended their agreement with Emergent Biosolutions.
By August 2022, a congressional committee showed that more than a half billion doses from the Baltimore factory had to be discarded and the company had covered it up. The FDA also had issued a warning letter to the company.
Data from Health Canada and Public Health Ontario indicates Astrazeneca had far greater rates of adverse reactions compared to Pfizer or Moderna. Expanding Figure 2 “Text descriptions” we can see the total adverse event reports per 100,000 does which (as of 23 May 2023) shows:
Further details can be found here although the results (page 4) are slightly different.
Despite all of these issues, none of this has ever been raised in the House of Commons or brought to the Standing Committee on Health.
I have not included all documentation but this gives a very good overview of all the problems at the Baltimore plant and the Astrazeneca doses received from that plant. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians received doses from that factory and potentially millions of Mexicans.
Curiously, further information can be found in the New York Times.
We don’t know how many Canadians were killed by the AstraZeneca vaccine (although as we reported just yesterday the excess deaths in Canada are sky-rocketing), but here are just four of the Brits, none of whom was ever at risk from covid, who are acknowledged to have been killed by it:
Here are some links from our Canadian friend: