Pfizer, Serum File EUAs For COVID-19 Vaccines In India
Questions Remain Over Serum's Adverse Event
Pfizer and separately Serum Institute, which is partnering Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 candidate, have filed for emergency use authorizations of their vaccines in India. While Pfizer is yet to conduct clinical trials in India, questions over a serious adverse event during Serum's trials linger despite the regulator's clean chit.
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