The European Commission and German biotech firm CureVac said on Thursday they were in advanced talks for the supply of at least 225 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine to EU states, APA reports citing Reuters.
The European Union’s executive arm is also in talks with Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi for their vaccines under development, and agreed last week an advanced purchase deal with AstraZeneca for at least 300 million doses of the shot it is developing with Oxford University.
“Today we concluded talks with...CureVac to increase the chances of finding an effective coronavirus vaccine,” EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said, confirming a Reuters report in July.
The EU will now begin negotiating a contract with CureVac, which could be the company’s first bilateral supply deal, aimed at securing the vaccine for all 27 EU member states should the shot prove safe and effective.
CureVac said on Thursday the talks included an option to supply 180 million additional doses.
The company’s shares soared as much as 222% after its Nasdaq debut on Friday, the first by a company developing a COVID-19 vaccine.