Coronavirus Notebook: AZ Vaccine Suspended In Some European Countries, Janssen’s Vaccine Approved In EU
The European Commission has ordered more doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to tackle COVID-19 “hotspots,” and has extended its export authorization scheme by three months. The EU’s procurement strategy has come under fire again, Lilly's antibodies have started a rolling review at the European Medicines Agency, and Sierra Leone has received its first coronavirus vaccines via the COVAX Facility.
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