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J&J raises revenue forecast, estimates $2.5b in vaccine sales


NEW YORK: Johnson & Johnson ( J&J) raised its 2021 revenue estimates on Wednesday and forecast it would sell $2.5 billion worth of its COVID-19 vaccine this year, as it strives to quell production and safety problems and catch up with rivals Pfizer and Moderna.

Although Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot was approved in the United States months ater shots from Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc were cleared, its vaccine sales outlook still pales in comparison with its peers and reflects the widening gap in the global vaccine race.

Pfizer and Moderna have forecast $26 billion and $19.2 billion in annual sales of their vaccines, respective­ly.

The J&J vaccine, once touted as an important tool for vaccinatio­ns in hard-to-reach areas, has the least uptake in Europe among all the vaccines approved for use, and has also struggled in United States.

J&J expects to produce 500 million to 600 million doses of the vaccine this year, Chief Financial Officer Joseph Wolk told CNBC on Wednesday.

J&J raised its expectatio­ns for full-year sales, encouraged by a recovery in sales at its medical devices unit and higher demand for treatments such as psoriasis and Crohn’s disease drug Stelara.

Sales at the company’s medical devices unit rose 62.7 per cent to $6.98 billion, boosting its second-quarter numbers.

The company now expects annual sales in a range of $93.8 billion to $94.6 billion including contributi­on from the vaccine, and $91.3 billion-$92.1 billion for the rest of the business.

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