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Two Covid-19 vaccine candidates being developed by Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) received Fast Track designation status from the Food and Drug Administration, Reuters writes. The vaccines are the most advanced of at least four vaccines being assessed by the companies in ongoing trials in the U.S. and Germany. Earlier this month, the companies disclosed that one vaccine, called BNT162b1, showed potential against the virus and was found to be well-tolerated in early-stage human trials. Early data from the German trial of the same vaccine are expected this month.

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