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U.K. Signs New Pfizer, Moderna Vaccine Deals to Counter Omicron

  • Deals include access to any modified doses to tackle variant
  • Minister says contracts help ‘future proof’ vaccine rollout
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The U.K. agreed to buy an additional 114 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from Moderna Inc. and the partnership of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE to secure the country’s supplies following the emergence of the omicron variant.

The new contracts, which were accelerated due to the new coronavirus strain and are for delivery in 2022 and 2023, include access to modified vaccines if they’re needed to tackle omicron and other future variants of concern, the Department of Health said in an emailed statement Wednesday.