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3/26, 2:16 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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EMA approves additional COVID vaccine production sites

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Friday that it authorized new manufacturing sites for the production of coronavirus vaccines. A site in Leiden, the Netherlands will make AstraZeneca shots, while BioNTech/Pfizer jabs will be produced in the German city of Marburg. A new site for Moderna's vaccines in Visp, Switzerland was approved last week.

The EMA added that it allowed the transportation and storage of vials of Pfizer's shot at temperatures between -25 and -15˚C for a one-off period of two weeks, stating that the decision is "expected to facilitate the rapid roll-out and distribution of the vaccine in the EU by reducing the need for ultra-low temperature cold storage conditions throughout the supply chain." The agency said it is "in continuous dialogue" with the marketing authorization holders of COVID-19 vaccines as they seek to expand their production capacity for the supply of vaccines in the EU.

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