Deal signed by UK for 60 million Coronavirus doses!
The government of the United Kingdom has signed a deal with pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi, in which they will be supplied with 60 million doses of what could be a potential vaccine for treating Coronavirus!
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said in a statement:
“A deal to secure early access to a promising new coronavirus vaccine has been announced by the government today (29 July), enhancing the UK’s growing portfolio of vaccine candidates to protect the public and to save lives. The agreement with GSK and Sanofi Pasteur, which combined have the largest vaccine manufacturing capability in the world, will supply the UK with 60 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine, which is based on existing DNA-based technology used to produce Sanofi’s flu vaccine.”
The UK government has said that this deal would enable the vaccination to be done of priority groups, in the summer of 2021, provided the Coronavirus vaccine of the two companies proved to be effective.
Alok Sharma, Business Secretary, said:
“Our scientists and researchers are racing to find a safe and effective vaccine at a speed and scale never seen before. While this progress is truly remarkable, the fact remains that there are no guarantees. In the meantime, it is important that we secure early access to a diverse range of promising vaccine candidates, like GSK and Sanofi, to increase our chances of finding one that works so we can protect the public and save lives.”
With this, the government of the United Kingdom has now signed deals totaling 250 million doses, with 4 potential Coronavirus vaccines which are in various stages of development.
Kate Bingham, Chair of the UK government’s vaccines task force, said:
“Through this agreement with GSK and Sanofi, the Vaccine Taskforce can add another type of vaccine to the three different types of vaccine we have already secured. This diversity of vaccine types is important because we do not yet know which, if any, of the different types of vaccine will prove to generate a safe and protective response to Covid-19.”
There are around 286,000 cases and about 44,250 deaths in the United Kingdom, because of Coronavirus.
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