EMA To Advise On Tweaking COVID-19 Vaccines Due To New Variants
Concerns that new or future mutations of the novel coronavirus may reduce the protection offered by existing COVID-19 vaccines have prompted the European Medicines Agency to develop guidance to help vaccine manufacturers who are planning to alter to their products.
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