Coronavirus Notebook: EU & Australia Assessing Comirnaty In 5-11 Year Olds, Aviptadil Shows Promise In Critical COVID-19 Patients
The European Medicines Agency has OKd new manufacturing sites and a ready-to-use formulation for Comirnaty, while Australia has provisionally approved Ronapreve for treatment and post-exposure prophylaxis. The UK has secured supplies of two investigational antiviral products from Pfizer and MSD.
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