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J&J vaccine problems hamper US military vaccines overseas

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WASHINGTON – U.S. military leaders said Thursday that recent problems with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have made it more difficult to provide shots for forces overseas, and that vaccines have been offered to service members' families or other tier two beneficiaries in only 40% of the military sites outside the U.S.

Speaking at a Pentagon press conference, they said they are making up for the Johnson & Johnson shortfall by shipping more Moderna vaccines to forces outside the country.

The cold temperature and other requirements for the Pfizer vaccine make it more difficult to send overseas. Johnson & Johnson had to discard 15 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine last month because the batch did not met quality standards.

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