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EU working on further COVID-19 vaccine contracts - Merkel

Fri, 28th Aug 2020 11:02

BERLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - The European Commission is
working on signing further contracts with drug companies to
secure COVID-19 vaccines, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said
on Friday.

On Thursday a spokesman had said that the European
Commission has made a 336 million euro ($399.5 million)
downpayment to British drug maker AstraZeneca to secure
at least 300 million doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine.

"Further such contracts are in the works," Merkel told
journalists at a news conference.

($1 = 0.8411 euros)
(Reporting by Berlin bureau; Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing
by Riham Alkousaa)

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