STAT+: Pharmalittle: FDA scolds Catalent over quality control at plant making Covid shots; Novartis will ask SCOTUS to protect a key patent

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A new generation of Covid-19 vaccines that can be inhaled or sprayed up the nose — instead of taken by injection — will begin rolling out in Asia, though just how effective they are remains to be seen, The Wall Street Journal explains. Regulators in China and India have green-lighted distribution of vaccines delivered through the mouth or nose, a delivery that scientists say holds the promise of more potent protection against Covid-19 by better reducing infections and preventing the disease’s spread among vaccinated people because they work in the nose and lungs where transmission first happens.

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