Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline score European Union supply pact for 300M coronavirus shots

"This second agreement is yet another milestone in our EU Vaccines Strategy".

The vaccine will be distributed according to population and need in the countries, which can also decide to donate doses to non-EU states. "Agreements with other companies will be concluded soon and build a diversified portfolio of promising vaccines, based on various types of technologies, increasing our chances to find an effective remedy against the virus".

Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: "With several countries in Europe experiencing new outbreaks after the summer period, a safe and effective vaccine is more instrumental than ever to overcome this pandemic and its devastating effects on our economies and societies".

A final European Union deal would be the single largest signed by Pfizer and BioNTech in their quest to distribute 100 million doses of their BNT162 shot by the close of 2020.

It said the Malaysian government is also preparing the agreement to join the Coalition for Epidemic and Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and a government-to-government (G2G) pact with the Chinese government to gain access to vaccines developed by pharmaceutical companies in China.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is among the furthest in development and the company had enrolled 25,296 participants out of a planned 30,000 in its late-stage study as of Wednesday. The combination of a protein-based antigen together with an adjuvant is well-established and used in a number of vaccines available today to enhance the immune response.

Former Japanese PM Abe visits controversial Tokyo shrine
Japan's occupation of its two neighbours ended with its defeat in 1945 and the conclusion of the Second World War . Visits by Japan's leaders to the shrine have previously been seen as a lack of remorse for its militaristic past.

The worldwide non-governmental organization Oxfam says a small group of wealthy nations has already bought up half of the future global supplies of coronavirus vaccines.

Sanofi is working not only on the GSK-partnered recombinant-protein candidate but also on an mRNA-based prospect that's set to enter phase 1/2 testing in November.

According to the media reports, on July 21, clinical trials for Russia's second COVID-19 vaccine were approved, and on July 27, the first volunteer was given a COVID-19 dose.

The EU executive, the European Commission, told a meeting of EU ambassadors last week that it was "trying to be pragmatic as the total number of vaccines that could be produced globally next year is 2.4 billion", one of the EU sources told Reuters. No one will be safe until everyone is safe.

A handful of vaccines, including those from Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca, are also being tested in large studies.

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