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Arya Nanda made post

Why is UK ordering 9 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines?

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Deepa Salunkhe answered.
2 weeks ago

Interestingly, UK has signed deals to secure 9 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines. These will be procured from Pfizer / BioNTech alliance and French group Valneva. UK has already secured 3 crore doses of the experimental BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine. In addition, it is looking at a deal for 6 crore doses of the Valneva vaccine, with an option for 4 crore more.

While this new partnership with the world's foremost pharma companies will ensure UK has the best chance possible of securing a vaccine, the financial details are not known. A deal had been announced with AstraZeneca to produce 10 crore doses of potential vaccine, which is being developed in partnership with the University of Oxford.