Coronavirus Update: Europe To Add Pfizer/BioNTech To COVID-19 Vaccines Supply Roster
Companies in talks with EU authorities for the supply of at least 200 million initial doses of their mRNA vaccine. Plus, other new partnerships around the world and an India pause for AstraZeneca's contender in line with global decision.
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