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US citizens could be prioritised in case of Switzerland producing vaccine

National News // May 18, 2020

The Sunday press is speculating that even if a new Covid-19 vaccine is produced in Switzerland, US citizens could be prioritised. 

Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash US citizens could be prioritised in case of Switzerland producing vaccine

The US pharmaceutical company Moderna has signed a 10 year contract with the Swiss firm Lonza to mass produce a vaccine. Under the deal, the doses would be sent to the US first. 

Production of a new vaccine is due to start in July, despite it not being known how effective it will be. Lonza says it can produce a billion doses a year. 

But analysts say if the vaccine proves effective, the demand will be such that the patents would have to be shared globally bringing in European and Asian producers. 


 

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