Friday, April 30, 2021

Lonza recruiting Nestle workers to work on Moderna vaccines

From Reuters: 
Drugmaker Lonza Group , under pressure to find workers to help speed production of Moderna Inc's  COVID-19 vaccine, is recruiting temporary employees from food giant Nestle \to staff Swiss plants making ingredients for the shot, state broadcaster RTS said on Tuesday, citing sources.

Moderna last week blamed projected second-quarter delays in shipments of its vaccine to countries including Britain and Canada on production bottlenecks. read more Switzerland's Lonza is the key supplier of ingredients needed to produce the messenger RNA vaccine.

Lonza, which has declined to comment on any delays, previously said three new production lines slated to produce Moderna vaccine in Visp, Switzerland, could take months to reach "cruising speed".

Now, the French-language Swiss broadcaster said Nestle employees have been enlisted after the intervention of the Swiss government to help fill vacancies.

Pretty cool that Lonza is thinking outside the box to get the job done. Best wishes to them, and to all of us.  

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