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EU hits 100 million COVID vaccine doses - and announces major extension to Pfizer deal

Sky News Wednesday, 14 April 2021
EU hits 100 million COVID vaccine doses - and announces major extension to Pfizer dealOver 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations have now been given in the EU - and a major extension to the European Commission's contract with Pfizer-BioNTech has been announced.
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