WASHINGTON — A year after a Connecticut company was awarded almost $1.3 billion in federal loans and contracts to supply an essential syringe for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, no syringes have been made. The syringe hasn’t received even the first of a series of approvals it needs from the federal government before it can be manufactured, and a factory promising 650 jobs remains unbuilt.
ApiJect Systems Corp. positioned itself as the company that would make the difference between a stumbling rollout and delivery of lifesaving vaccines. But as the U.S. vaccine rollout hits full stride, with about half of adults in the U.S. having already received at least one injection, the need for ApiJect’s device has waned, leaving the contracts and loans in question.
The company said in a statement to NBC News that it “is working with several vaccine pharmaceutical companies to conduct the testing and regulatory reviews of Covid-19 vaccines in the ApiJect syringe.”
However, a spokesperson for one of the vaccine makers Pfizer, said that even if ApiJect’s syringe got all the necessary approvals from the Food and Drug Administration, it would “not have any impact on our output or process.” Moderna didn’t respond to a request for comment, and Johnson & Johnson declined to comment.
According to ApiJect, it has “packaged … for testing purposes, two of the vaccines” so the vaccine companies can do the tests required before requesting FDA approval to use the syringe with their products. Neither federal regulators nor any of the vaccine makers would confirm any pending approval requests. ApiJect didn’t provide the names.
ApiJect’s plant is supposed to be built in an industrial park in North Carolina, but Morgan Weston, a spokesperson for the foundation that runs the park, said that the plant hasn’t been built and that “they have not moved their operation in on any level.” She referred all other questions to the company. read more
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Politicians, their wealthy supporters and high ranking military officers become millionaires from their personal Investments in the same Pro-War corporations that are handed billion dollar NO BID CONTRACTS every year. The more death & destruction the bipartisan traitors in government can order spread across the world, the richer they get. They privatized everything military in order to use our tax dollars to increase their personal wealth. They hand out contracts that encourage those producing military equipment to produce products that are unsafe and of poor quality. Who cares how many American troops die because bullet proof vests would not stop a BB much less a bullet? Their friends in DC will award them more cash to correct the problem. After 20 years of having their asses handed to them by the Taliban, it seems at least a few of the soldiers would figure out either their training sucks or their commanders do not want them to defeat anybody !! I believe both apply. The longer they stay in Afghanistan, the more profits to be made from both Investments and heroin. And I call BS on Biden pulling out the troops. Even if he gets his war with Russia ( just think of the profits) , Biden will enact the draft before leaving the poppy fields of Afghanistan.
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