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Updated coronavirus vaccines can be fast-tracked like flu jabs – BBC News

Rapid approval without lengthy tests can happen if new vaccines are needed to fight variants, say regulators.



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By Michelle RobertsHealth editor, BBC News online
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New Covid vaccines to fight variants like the one from Brazil can be fast-tracked through the approval system, says the UK’s regulator the MHRA.
Current vaccines may not work as well against some variants and scientists are working on updating them now.
But manufacturers will not need to seek brand new approval or do lengthy clinical studies.
However they will need proof that the shots trigger protective antibodies in…

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