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AstraZeneca expects COVID-19 vaccine capacity of 200 million a month by April

The AstraZeneca logo is pictured outside the AstraZeneca office building in Brussels as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign, Belgium, January 28, 2021.
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By Pushkala Aripaka, Reuters

AstraZeneca expects to produce more than 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine – developed with Oxford University – this month, ramping up to more than 200 million a month by April, Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said on Thursday.

Mene Pangalos, head of BioPharmaceuticals R&D at the British drugmaker earlier said the company expects much-anticipated data for the late-stage U.S. trial of its vaccine before the end of March.

A read-out on data is “only weeks away”, he said on a media call after release of the company’s 2020 results.

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