After the recent health crisis, the European Union wants to ensure that it will no longer be dependent on future corona virus vaccines produced by countries outside the Union. As a result, four countries Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands have signed an agreement with the pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca, which is currently developing a vaccine that is thought to be promising to prevent corona virus.
From Brussels, RFI correspondent Latxmi Lota gave more details:
“The pharmaceutical company claims that testing of a corona virus vaccine is currently” taking a step forward … “. This is a Swedish and British pharmaceutical corporation. Contracts with France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands involve the supply of 400 million doses of vaccine. According to German authorities, countries are expected to have the vaccine by the end of this year.
The European Union wants to ensure this future vaccine is available. During the Covid-19 crisis, European Union member states realized that they depended on Chinese or Indian pharmaceuticals. So, like the United States has done, the European Union chooses to invest in a business that it sees as promising.
On Friday, the Health Ministers of the Union member countries also commissioned the European Commission so that the institution could negotiate orders for them. The project commissioner called it “a simplified, faster and cheaper mechanism for all”.
The United States has also ordered nearly one-third of these future vaccines from the AstraZeneca pharmaceutical group.
Although only four countries sign the contract, the future vaccine will be available to all European Union member states if they want to join, and the AstraZeneca group has promised not to take interest on the order. of the European Union.
China, Brazil, Japan and Russia are also interested in the type of vaccine prepared by the British University of Oxford and are being tested by AstraZeneca.
According to Reuters, the pharmaceutical group also signed several agreements to produce corona virus vaccines with other partners, including two billionaires of billionaire Bill Gates, as well as a $ 1.2 billion contract. shouted to the US government.