Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: Moderna to increase global supply to 3 billion doses by 2022

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Moderna says it will make new funding commitments to increase its global supply.

The company says it will reach up to 3 billion vaccine doses by 2022.

That would include any potential booster and pediatric vaccines if they become authorized.

The company has also increased its global supply forecast for this year to between 800 million and 1 billion doses.

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