Monkeypox vaccines to be completed at West Michigan company

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A West Michigan company will fill and finish Jynneos vaccines given during the monkeypox outbreak after reaching an agreement with the Denmark-based vaccine company.

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing will complete vaccine manufacturing for Bavarian Nordic to fill and complete vaccines, accelerating deliveries to the United States and freeing up capacity for other countries, according to announcements from the two companies.

Bavarian Nordic received an additional order last month for 2.5 million vaccine doses from the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which will be fulfilled at the Michigan site using bulk vaccines already manufactured and priced in under previous contracts with the US authority, according to the company’s release.

Technology transfer of the production process has been initiated. The goal is to complete this transfer within three months, allowing the Michigan company to begin manufacturing later this year, Bavarian Nordic said.

The Michigan company also worked with the federal government to expedite manufacturing of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Tom Ross, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids-based company, said in a statement that it was making “every effort to expedite the manufacturing of the (monkeypox) vaccine.”

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This week, the company announced the completion of the installation of two new filling lines, saying it has three filling lines and is tripling capacity. It will dedicate a filling line and associated manufacturing personnel to produce as much monkeypox vaccine as needed. The company said production of other customer products would not be affected.

Michigan currently has 126 cases of monkeypox and has received about 8,800 vials of the Jynneos vaccine, according to the state health department. The United States has recorded more than 14,000 cases, with more than 41,000 cases worldwide, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Writer Kristen Jordan Shamus contributed to this report.

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