The tough little bottles crucial to fighting Covid

Corning says vials made with Valor glass, being so robust, can be filled much more quickly at manufacturing sites, increasing the speed of production by up to 50%, according to the company. That is a potentially crucial feature in a year when the world requires billions of vaccine doses in as short a time as possible.

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Government strikes deal to restart CO2 production

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Government borrowing falls in August

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