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A group of nine leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies pledged to only seek approval for Covid-19 vaccines demonstrated to be safe and effective, an apparent attempt to provide public reassurance despite the widely held view that the Covid-19 vaccine development process is politically tainted, STAT notes. In a statement, the companies pledged to “make the safety and well-being of vaccinated individuals our top priority.” Last week, the BIO trade group issued an open letter that made the same points.

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