Top US scientist Anthony Fauci receives Moderna Covid-19 vaccine
23 December 2020 | 12:57 pm
Anthony Fauci, the United States' top infectious disease scientist, receives a dose of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine along with US Health secretary Alex Azar and other senior officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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