EU says UK spurning vaccine scheme would not affect drugmaker talks

EU says UK spurning vaccine scheme would not affect drugmaker talks
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The European Commission said on Friday that a possible decision by the United Kingdom not to join an EU scheme to secure potential COVID-19 vaccines up front would not affect talks the bloc is conducting with several drugmakers., APA reports citing Reuters.

UK government had decided not to join the EU scheme because of concerns that there could be costly delays in securing the vaccines.

“The fact that the UK has apparently said they would not join up to whatever contract we are able to negotiate with producers is definitely not something that is going to influence our own negotiations with the producers,” a spokesman for the EU executive told a news conference.

He said the EU was currently negotiating advance purchases of vaccines still under development with a series of producers.

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