UK, Japan, others aim to create vaccine alliance

UK-Japan News September 2020

Already working with AstraZeneca on domestic development and delivery of a Covid-19 vaccine (page 24), Japan is teaming up with the UK, as well as Germany, France and the European Union, to create an alliance aimed at securing vaccine supplies. The Nikkei Asian Review reported on 11 August that the £15.5bn pool, called Covax, is meant to assist nations that cannot nego­tiate the same kinds of one-on-one deals with drugmakers as the United States and China. About 75 countries have expressed interest in joining. The alliance aims to procure 2bn doses of corona­virus vaccine by 2021.