Moderna, Pfizer COVID Vaccines Now Interchangeable

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President Joe Biden was set to make the announcement Thursday in a speech before the start of Group of Seven summit.

The deal would see the United States paying the "not for profit" price for the doses, with the first 200 million to ship this year and the remaining 300 million the next year. Biden's top Covid adviser, Jeff Zients, has been working on the deal for the last month, a person familiar said. A person familiar with the details said the plan will involve distributing all the doses through the the vaccine initiative COVAX to 92 developing countries and the African Union.

The White House has been under mounting pressure to boost donations of COVID-19 shots to other countries. BioNTech/Pfizer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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"We have had limited supply, and in recent weeks we've been using more vaccine than has been entering the country".

The region's top doctor continues: "The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are almost identical in all aspects and NACI has said that there is no reason to believe that providing a different mRNA vaccine for a second dose would result in any additional safety issues or less protection".

Pfizer has said it expects to produce as many as three billion COVID-19 shots in 2021 and upwards of 4 billion next year. They also reported that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla will accompany Mr Biden during the announcement.

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