Coronavirus Update: Pfizer/BioNTech Commit 500m Doses For US Donations
Merck & Co. Signs $1.2bn US Deal For Antiviral Pill
The US obtained access to doses that it will donate to low- and low-middle-income countries, Merck & Co. is lining up government purchases of its Phase III drug, and Ocugen will submit a BLA in the US rather than pursue an EUA for Bharat's vaccine. Plus progress and setbacks for COVID-19 therapeutics.
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The Biden Administration’s pledge to provide 500 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccines is a direct blow to China’s global vaccine diplomacy push.
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