CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Moderna announced Thursday it is beefing up global manufacturing of its COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to produce up to 3 billion doses in 2022.
The company predicts supplying between 800 million and 1 billion doses worldwide this year. But its looking ahead as much of the world still will need a first round of COVID-19 vaccinations next year and to be ready if and when people may need a booster shot.
Modernas vaccine is authorized for use by adults in the U.S., European Union and multiple other countries. The company expects data soon from a U.S. study of the two-dose vaccine in 12- to 17-year-olds, and has begun testing the shots in younger children. Also underway are studies of doses tweaked to better match a worrisome mutated version of the coronavirus.
THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
Biden declared America is rising anew as he called for expanding programs to drive economy past pandemic
India sets another record with 375K new cases as it gears up to expand vaccinations to all adults
As many as one-third of Mexicans may have been exposed to virus in 2020
Some Californians cant get vaccine despite surge in supply
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HERES WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
MANILA, Philippines The Philippines is extending an already monthlong lockdown by two weeks as the countrys worst coronavirus infection spike starts to ease but remains alarming.
President Rodrigo Duterte said in televised remarks Thursday night that the second-most restrictive lockdown level will now run through May 14 in metropolitan Manila and four nearby provinces, a region of more than 25 million people. Mayors, however, cut a nine-hour night curfew in metropolitan Manila to six hours to help battered businesses.
Duterte is warning mayors and village chiefs that they face jail if they dont prevent gatherings and other events that violate the pandemic restrictions.
Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines soared past 1 million Monday, with deaths now at more than 17,000, the second highest in Southeast Asia.