LONDON (UK) – The British police has charged a man after he sent a suspicious package to a factory in Wales that produces AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine which resulted in a temporary suspension of manufacturing, on Saturday.
Kent police said Anthony Collins, 53, has been charged with dispatching the package in the post, which was investigated by a bomb disposal squad. In a statement, the police said the package was “not a viable device”.
The Wockhardt plant in Wrexham provides so-called fill-and-finish capacity for AstraZeneca’s British supply chain, which is the final manufacturing step of putting vaccines into vials or syringes and packaging them.
AstraZeneca has agreed to supply Britain with 100 million doses of the COVID vaccine it developed with Oxford University, with the shots forming the central plank of its mass vaccination programme.