STAT+: Pharmalittle: Serum CEO warns of shortage of vaccine components; EU to extend Covid-19 export scheme

And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our modest agenda includes catching up on our reading, promenading with the official mascot, and finding fun food for our hard-working short person. And what about you? This may be a good time to get vaccinated, assuming supplies are available. You could get a jump on spring cleaning. Or bolster the economy by arranging for restaurant takeout. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe — wear a mask. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

The head of the Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest vaccine maker, said manufacturers of Covid-19 shots face a global shortage of the raw materials needed to churn out the inoculations, Bloomberg News reports. Adar Poonawalla told a World Bank panel that a U.S. law blocking the export of certain key items, including bags and filters, will likely cause serious bottlenecks. Soumya Swaminathan from the World Health Organization added that there were shortfalls of vials, glass, plastic, and stoppers required by those companies.

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STAT+: Pharmalittle: Serum CEO warns of shortage of vaccine components; EU to extend Covid-19 export scheme

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