June 15, 2020 / 11:12 AM / 24 days ago

EU governments to pay 750 mln euros for 300 mln doses of AstraZeneca vaccine -Italy

LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) - Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and France will pay 750 million euros ($843.1 million) for 300 million doses of AstraZeneca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine as part of a European deal to secure supplies of the drug, a spokesman for Italy’s health ministry said on Monday.

The countries also have an option to buy a further 100 million doses, the spokesman said. For its portion of the deal, Italy will pay about 185 million euros for 75 million doses. ($1 = 0.8896 euros) (Reporting by Emilio Parodi in Milan Writing by Josephine Mason Editing by David Goodman )

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