European Union leaders agree to donate 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Tanya Simon
May 26, 2021

U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer on Monday said that it was presently holding discussions with the Indian government and was hopeful to bring its supply of Covid-19 vaccine to the country soon.

"When we are able to, we will provide an update regarding timelines and updates of the next shipment".

Trials of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine show that it's safe and effective for teenagers, the company said Tuesday - a finding that could boost supply ahead of the new school year's start this fall. "We would have known a year ago how many doses we needed and what our production capacity was".

If greenlit, as expected, it would be the second Covid vaccine authorized for use in U.S. adolescents after Pfizer's, which began rolling out this month for 12-to-15-year-olds.

By November 2020, many countries had advance-purchased hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.

The company said it is still accumulating safety data.

The Centre announced its first large tranches of funds to Serum and Bharat Biotech only in April this year.

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Michel also said EU leaders will discuss what he called the "unprecedented incident" on Monday during a European Council meeting. Another exhausted passenger, speaking to reporters without giving her name, said Protasevich looked "super scared".

Moderna's trial evaluated the vaccine in 3,732 adolescents aged 12 to 17, two thirds of whom got the vaccine and one third of whom got a placebo. A Pfizer spokesperson had also told this newspaper in December that the company would only deal with the government.

Kejriwal's statement came just one day after the government of Punjab raised similar concerns, saying Moderna has refused to sell vaccines directly to that state.

In addition, it has also been facilitating direct procurement of vaccines by the states and Union Territories. But only around 4 percent of the country's population of 126 million has received at least one vaccine dose.

As COVID-19 cases in the United States drop to levels not seen since March of 2020 and Americans take off masks and abandon social distancing protocols, Walgreens is watching for a return to a "more normal" cough and cold season this fall, he said. The current capacity is about 85 million doses per month - 70 million doses of Covishield and 15 million doses of Covaxin.

About 88,000 kids in that age group have since received two Pfizer jabs.

The agreement came after the USA said earlier this month it will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world on top of a prior commitment to share about 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.

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