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BioNTech, Pfizer Plan Shingles Shot in Third mRNA Deal

Inside BioNTech SE's New Vaccine Laboratory As Target Raised to 2.5 Billion Doses
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Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE agreed to their third joint messenger RNA project, an experimental shingles vaccine, expanding once more the collaboration that led to their successful shot for Covid-19.

The partners expect to start human trials of the new vaccine in the second half of this year, they said in a statement. Pfizer will pay BioNTech $225 million up-front to use its mRNA technology, including $75 million in cash and an equity investment of $150 million.