Uber and Moderna partner on COVID-19 vaccine access and information

Joe Biden receiving the first dose of the Pfizer  BioNTech vaccine in December

Meanwhile, German authorities in Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg say they're holding off on using the first batch of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine over concerns it may have spoiled by not being kept cold enough during transport.

As of January 7, there have been 548,950 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines distributed in Canada.

"Backed by the vaccine's strong presence in the global community, the company has already signed advance purchase agreements (APAs) worth $11.7 billion with customer deposits of $2.81 billion for future supplies in 2021", Moderna CEO St├ęphane Bancel said at the 2021 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

Uber and pharmaceutical company Moderna have announced a partnership around COVID-19 vaccination, which will include a number of different initiatives.

"Even as we have shown that our mRNA-based vaccine can prevent COVID-19, this has encouraged us to pursue more-ambitious development programs within our prophylactic vaccines modality", he added.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 vaccine tracker, the USA had distributed 8.9 million doses of Pfizer's and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines as of Monday afternoon.

To increase vaccine production and meet the global demand, the company has been working closely with key suppliers for raw materials to produce the vaccine since February past year, Bancel added.

The Minister for Health confirmed that this first shipment is small, but that every vaccine counts in the fight against COVID-19. "Moderna will also start an additional one-year study on adults from July".

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