June 11, 2020 / 2:05 PM / a month ago

EU plans advance purchase of up to six promising covid-19 vaccines - sources

BRUSSELS, June 11 (Reuters) - The European Commission is seeking a mandate from EU governments to buy in advance from pharmaceutical firms up to six promising vaccines against the coronavirus, two officials told Reuters.

The EU executive will ask EU health ministers at a video conference meeting on Friday to back the plan, as the bloc fears it may not have enough shots if a vaccine is developed, the officials said. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio;Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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