June 15, 2020 / 5:02 PM / a month ago

Spain is likely to join European deal to buy COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca

FILE PHOTO: The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on medication packages in a pharmacy in London, April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain is ‘very likely’ to join four other European governments in a deal to buy COVID-19 vaccine from British drugmaker AstraZeneca, Health Emergency Coordinator Fernando Simon said on Monday.

The pharmaceutical group agreed on Saturday to supply 400 million doses of its vaccine, which is still under development, to the governments of France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

Speaking at a news conference, Simon said Spain may also join with other countries pursuing different vaccines.

Reporting by Nathan Allen, editing by Andrei Khalip

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