UK dumps a contract over 100m Covid-19 jabs

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The French pharmaceutical firm Valneva announced that the UK government decided to terminate a deal related to the delivery of 100 million Covid-19 vaccines. UK had placed the order for the doses and further in February vowed to increase the volume by another 40m, BBC elaborated. The pharmaceutical company said in a statement that the government served notice over allegations of a breach of the agreement, which it "strenuously denies". Valneva's jab is still being tested in trials.

Although regulators must be satisfied before the rollout of any vaccine, manufacturing had already started in Valneva’s facilities. In a statement on its website, the firm said: "Valneva has received a termination notice from the UK Government in relation to the Supply Agreement for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, VLA2001." The company also said that results from its phase three trials were due later this year. It added: "Valneva has worked tirelessly, and to its best efforts, including investing significant resources and effort to respond to requests for variant-derived vaccines”. Valneva said that it would look to other potential customers to ensure that the vaccines can still be used in the fight against the pandemic.

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