Switzerland pre-orders 4.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine - (SwissInfo via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The government of Switzerland has signed a deal with Moderna to secure early access to 4.5 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine under development, reported SwissInfo.

  • The vaccine, with ingredients manufactured by Lonza, is based on mRNA technology.

  • Swiss authorities said on Friday that Moderna was "already at an advanced stage with its vaccine project," but they did not mention a possible time frame for delivery.

  • They also said the 4.5 million batches would make it possible to vaccinate 2.25 million people in the country, since double doses are expected to be necessary.

  • In parallel to this agreement, the Swiss government is continuing talks with other companies in what it calls a "diversified approach" to gaining access to a vaccine.

  • According to the news source, the federal government has earmarked CHF300 million for the procurement of a vaccine.

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