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The Emergent BioSolutions plant in Baltimore. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Department of Health and Human Services canceled a long-standing pandemic preparedness contract with Emergent BioSolutions, a pharmaceutical manufacturer that ruined 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine in March, the company disclosed in an earnings report.

Why it matters: The contract, originally worth $650 million, was expanded under Operation Warp Speed to increase the company's capacity to produce materials for COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Emergent will now forgo roughly $180 million because of the contract's termination, though it still maintains other contracts with the U.S. government and will continue producing vaccines for J&J.

The big picture: Emergent BioSolutions workers at its Baltimore plant contaminated the doses by conflating ingredients between J&J's and AstraZeneca's vaccines.

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Biden: Fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns"

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President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."

Federal court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for health workers in 10 states

President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant following a meeting with his COVID-19 response team. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

A federal court in Missouri has blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers at federally funded facilities in 10 states.

Why it matters: Monday's decision is the first victory for opponents of the rule, which requires health care workers to get vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022. The case is one of four lawsuits challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) rule and argues that the mandate will exacerbate staffing shortages.

Nov 26, 2021 - Health

U.S. to restrict air travel from 8 countries over new COVID variant concerns

A COVID-19 vaccine is administered. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The U.S. will impose new air travel restrictions in response to the Omicron variant, a new COVID-19 strain first detected in South Africa, President Biden announced Friday.

The big picture: Air travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will be restricted starting on Monday.