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Vaccine facility should be able to produce 'tens of millions' of doses by 2021

Vaccine facility should be able to produce ‘tens of millions’ of doses by 2021

The UK’s first dedicated vaccine-making facility is building capacity to produce “tens of millions” of doses to guard against coronavirus by the end of next year.

Plans for the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organisation part-funded by the taxpayer, were first drawn up in 2017 to strengthen Britain’s vaccine development and manufacturing capability.

The centre was not due for completion until 2022 but the project was fast-tracked by ministers last month amid growing fears over Britain’s current capacity to produce vaccines.

Matthew Duchars, chief executive of VMIC, said: “Three months ago things changed somewhat and we now find ourselves in a position of wanting to accelerate both the build of the facility, expand its capacity and also be closely involved in the development of a Covid-19 vaccine.

“We’ve been looking at how we can accelerate and compress what normally takes years down into a period of months.”

Mr

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NYC To Produce Coronavirus Testing Kits, De Blasio Says

NYC To Produce Coronavirus Testing Kits, De Blasio Says

NEW YORK, NY — New York City will partner with local manufacturers to produce tens of thousands of coronavirus tests per week to enhance the city’s testing capacity as it looks toward an eventual relaxation of social distancing measures, mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday.

The initiative, which will result in the manufacturing of 50,000 coronavirus cases per week, will allow New York City to expand its testing capacity independent of the federal and state governments, de Blasio said.

“There’s no challenge too big for New Yorkers – and I’m proud to see our medical and manufacturing community join forces to make our city a self-sufficient source of the tests we’ll need to get through this crisis,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Rebuilding a fairer and better New York City starts with conducting a rigorous testing program in every borough, and they’ll help us ensure a safe and responsible

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U.S. companies, labs rush to produce blood test for coronavirus immunity

U.S. companies, labs rush to produce blood test for coronavirus immunity

By Chad Terhune, Allison Martell and Julie Steenhuysen

(Reuters) – As the United States works overtime to screen thousands for the novel coronavirus, a new blood test offers the chance to find out who may have immunity – a potential game changer in the battle to contain infections and get the economy back on track.

Several academic laboratories and medical companies are rushing to produce these blood tests, which can quickly identify disease-fighting antibodies in people who already have been infected but may have had mild symptoms or none at all. This is different from the current, sometimes hard-to-come-by diagnostic tests that draw on a nasal swab to confirm active infection.

“Ultimately, this (antibody test) might help us figure out who can get the country back to normal,” Florian Krammer, a professor in vaccinology at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, told Reuters. “People who are immune could be the

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