Coronavirus Notebook: New Nordic Studies, Vaccine Solidarity Pledges, And The Re-Start Of COPCOV
As the US snaps up most supplies of remdesivir, the EU says it is committed to ensuring global access to coronavirus medicines and international donors have been asked to pledge more money to pay for vaccines, medicines and tests. The past week has also seen some ups and downs for trials of various products for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.
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