Share article:
Share article:

EU concludes third Covid-19 vaccine deal

© Belga

Another coronavirus vaccine has been secured for European citizens after the EU Commission on Thursday clinched its third vaccine deal, this time with Janssen Pharmaceutica.

The Commission’s deal will secure an initial 200 million doses of the vaccine for its member states once it completes clinical trials and is proven safe and efficient.

The contract also opens the door for member states to purchase 200 million additional doses of the vaccine being developed by the Belgian-based company, owned by American pharma giant Johnson & Johnson.

Related News:

 

Additionally, the deal will also give member states the chance to opt to donate vaccine doses to “low or medium-income countries or to funnel them to other European countries.”

In September, a report by British non-profit Oxfam found that a handful of rich nations had already pre-bought up 51% of future stocks of potential vaccines in development.

The Janssen deal on Thursday is the third of its kind concluded so far by the EU, who previously clinched deals with pharma firms AstraZeneca and Sanofi-GSK for up to 400 million and 300 million doses, respectively, thus pre-booking a combined 1.1 billion doses of candidate vaccines for a population of around 450 million.

In a press release, the Commission also said that it had finished initial talks with CureVac, BioNTech-Pfizer and Moderna, all firms who are currently developing potential Covid-19 vaccines.

The Commission on Thursday also announced it had secured 500,000 doses of Remdesivir, the only treatment approved in the EU to treat patients with severe symptoms of Covid-19.

The contract comes just a day after the Netherlands said it had used up all its stock of the antiviral.

Gabriela Galindo
The Brussels Times

Latest news

More than 1,300 Covid-19 patients in Belgian hospitals
More than 1,300 people are in hospital as a result of coronavirus infections, as the number of new cases continues to rise in Belgium. Between ...
Masks reintroduced indoors, teleworking encouraged
Masks will again be mandatory inside shops and other indoor public spaces, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced in a press conference on ...
Belgium intends to activate the pandemic law, says Health Minister
"We intend to activate the pandemic law," Public Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke confirmed on Tuesday in the House committee, ahead of Tuesday's ...
Offers for fake Covid Safe Tickets circulating on social media
As the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) becomes mandatory in many places across Belgium, offers for forgeries are increasingly circulating on social media. ...
EU auditors: More worried about the future budget than about pervasive errors in the 2020 budget
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) have signed off the 2020 EU accounts as giving a true and fair view of the union’s financial position but like ...
Belgium aims to tackle sexual violence with video interrogations
The federal government is looking to tackle sexual violence and increase convictions connected to this crime by relying more heavily on video ...
Duvel celebrates 150th anniversary with special brew in commemorative bottle
Belgium’s Duvel Moortgat Brewery is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the release of a special brew in a commemorative bottle shaped like its ...
Pollution scandal: 3M to show emissions don’t pose risk or halt production
Flanders has ordered American company 3M, involved in a pollution scandal in Antwerp, to prove that emissions linked to its production activities do ...
The Netherlands fears a greater rise in sea levels than forecast
Sea levels could rise by up to two metres by 2100 on the Dutch coastline – far more than previously forecast – according to an announcement from the ...
The Smurfs return to Belgian TV with the first new show since 1989
A new Smurfs show is bringing the characters of Belgium's second-most-famous comic franchise back to the small screen with their first new series, 30 ...
On this day in Brussels: An entrepreneurial journey begins
The Rue Dansaert was just beginning to become trendy when Alain Coumont opened his first bakery here on 26 October 1990. He started by baking big ...
Almost half of Belgian subsidies from EU left unused
Belgium left almost half (49%) of its subsidies allocated by the European Union between 2013 and 2020 unused, the equivalent of around €1.375 ...