Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: Johnson & Johnson will deliver 20M doses to feds by end of month

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Johnson & Johnson says it will fulfill its promise to deliver 20 million doses to the federal government by the end of this month.

It comes as the company is able to increase production.

The FDA has authorized global pharmaceuticals manufacturer Catalent to produce the vaccine.

Catalent currently fills and finishes the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines.

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