Amid Coronavirus Variants, WHO Urges Continued Vaccination
Biological E Tweaking Vaccine For South African Strain
As vaccine makers tackle SARS-CoV-2 variants, WHO’s Chief Scientist feels it’s important to continue immunization programs with existing vaccines. Meanwhile, the rollouts mean the safety and efficacy landscape is set to change, said participants at a recent meet
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