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Back to the subject of vaccines, Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, has said that other developed countries would not be able to pay less for its vaccine than the United States, Reuters reports.
The US government agreed to pay nearly $2bn to buy enough of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and German biotech BioNTech SE to inoculate 50 million people at a price of $39 for a two-dose treatment course.
Pilgrims were quarantined Tuesday in the Muslim holy city of Mecca ahead of the dramatically downsized hajj as Saudi authorities strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage, AFP reports.
Up to 10,000 people already residing in the kingdom will participate in the annual ritual starting Wednesday, according to hajj officials, a tiny fraction of the 2.5 million international pilgrims that attended last year.
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