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.
Photo: Yves Herman/REUTERS / X00380
Photo: Yves Herman/REUTERS / X00380
By Alberto Nardelli and Nikos Chrysoloras, Bloomberg

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.

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