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HERA inks procurement agreement with HIPRA for COVID-19 vaccines supply

HERA inks procurement agreement with HIPRA for COVID-19 vaccines supply

Amidst the recurring coronavirus infection spread in Europe, the European Commission’s Health Preparedness and Response Authority (HPRA) has inked a joint procurement deal with HIPRA Human Health for supply of the company’s protein COVID-19 vaccine.

It has been reported that about 14 member States and nations are participating in the joint procurement deal under which they can gain up to 250 million doses of the vaccines. This agreement is projected to make the HIPRA vaccine readily available to the participating countries, as soon as the vaccine receives a positive assessment by the EMA.

For the record, the HIPRA bivalent protein vaccine is being developed as a booster dose in formerly immunized people aged 16 years and above. It is currently under rolling review by the European Medicines Agency.

As per credible sources, the joint procurement agreement deal with HIPRA accompanies an expansive portfolio of vaccines secured through the EU Vaccines Strategy, inclusive of the contracts already signed with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNtech, Sanofi-GSK, and Valneva. Apparently, about 4.2 billion doses have already been secured under the Strategy.

Commenting on the latest accomplishment, Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety quoted that with a rise in COVID-19 infections across Europe, the HIPRA vaccines would add yet another option to complement its broad vaccine gamut for the Member States and citizens.

Stella added that HPRA is working effortlessly to ensure proper supply and distribution of vaccines for all in the EU and the recent move is an example of European Health Union’s action against surging COVID-19 cases.

The EU’s Joint Procurement Agreements provide the 36 participating countries the advantages of jointly procuring medical counter-measures as a substitute for procurement at the national level. Moreover, HERA continues to work with these nations to identify and execute priorities for joint procurement.

Source Credit- Health Union: Joint Procurement contract HIPRA for Covid-19 (europa.eu)

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