Coronavirus Notebook: UK Seven-Vaccine Booster Trial Begins, Australia Plans mRNA Production Capacity
The company manufacturing Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in Brazil has produced the first batch, but has withdrawn a request to run clinical trials there. France is preparing to immunize the over-18s, and Australia has begun evaluating Vir/GSK’s sotrovimab for use in COVID-19 patients.
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Coronavirus Notebook: Heterologous Vaccine Study Shows Positive Results, UK Offers Earlier Second Dose To Vulnerable People
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Sputnik V is the latest COVID-19 vaccine to be targeted over safety concerns, but Brazil’s Anvisa has also raised questions over quality and manufacturing standards.