With this agreement, the IVA aims to accelerate the supply of the vaccine and to make it available to other European countries that wish to participate in the initiative. The IVA is committed to providing equitable access to all participating countries across Europe.
As part of the agreement signed in April between the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca continues to build a number of supply chains in parallel across the world, including for Europe. The Company is seeking to expand manufacturing capacity further and is open to collaborating with other companies in order to meet its commitment to support access to the vaccine at no profit during the pandemic.
Professor Andrew Pollard (Oxford Vaccine Group), Chief investigator of the Oxford Vaccine Trial at Oxford University said: “This major agreement between AstraZeneca and Europe’s Inclusive Vaccines Alliance will supply up to 400 million doses of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine in Europe. This prepares the ground for protection of more people around the world against the global threat to human health that is coronavirus, if the vaccine proves effective in the clinical trials.”