Johnson & Johnson is expected to miss its Covid-19 vaccine supply target to the European Union for the second quarter after about 20 million doses were banned for use out of precaution over safety concerns, a EU Commission spokesman said.

The European drugs regulator last week said J&J doses sent to Europe from a factory in the United States would not be used as a precaution after a case of contamination.

EMA said in a statement to Reuters that 17 million doses had been forbidden from being used in the EU.

“Following the non-release of these batches, the company is not expected to be in a position to deliver 55 million doses by the end of this quarter,” which it had committed to shipping under its contract, the EU commission spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.

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