Europe prepares a mutant Covid vaccine plan to fight the crisis

In an effort to get its inoculation drive on track, the European Union’s executive arm will vow to accelerate research, authorization, procurement and distribution for vaccines that fight variants of the coronavirus, while also asking member states for more money to back the drive.

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The European Commission wants to adapt existing contracts and strike new purchase agreements with pharmaceutical companies to secure shots that protect against Covid-19 mutations, according to a draft proposal of the strategy seen by Bloomberg. The contracts will include safeguards to avoid earlier missteps that tarnished the current vaccine rollout.

"Existing agreements may have to be updated to cover protection against variants," according to the plan, which will be published on Wednesday and could still be changed. "Based on the lessons learned, a detailed and credible plan showing capability to produce vaccines in the EU on a reliable timescale will be a prerequisite. This should not prevent the EU from considering sources from outside the EU if needed."

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