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Merck (MRK) will help Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) make its single-shot Covid-19 vaccine, an unusual pact between competitors that could boost the supply of the newly authorized shot, The Washington Post reports. Biden administration officials began searching for additional manufacturing capacity after they realized that J&J had fallen behind in vaccine production and sought to broker a deal with Merck, which had failed to develop its own coronavirus vaccine.

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