French labs to begin producing Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines

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A French lab will begin producing in March the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna, whereas one other one will start manufacturing the Pfizer/BioNTech jab a month later, French Industry Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher mentioned Wednesday.

“Production at the first site will begin in March for the Moderna vaccine,” at a lab operated by the French subcontractor Recipharm, Pannier-Runacher instructed RTL radio.

“We’ll then have a production site running in April for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine,” she added. The French Minister additionally famous that ought to the CureVac vaccine get the inexperienced mild, the nation might begin producing it in May. 

The announcement got here a day after French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned that manufacturing of Coronavirus vaccines on French soil would start late February to early March.  His feedback got here amid mounting criticism over his authorities’s planning of the vaccination programme and specifically the sluggish tempo of its inoculation drive.