UK scraps deal for Covid vaccine made in Scotland

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French vaccine shaper Valneva says the UK authorities has scrapped a woody for its Covid-19 vaccine.

The UK had astir 100 cardinal doses connected order, aft it accrued its petition by 40 cardinal successful February.

The institution said successful a statement that the UK authorities served announcement implicit allegations of a breach of the agreement, which it "strenuously denies".

Valneva's jab is inactive being tested successful trials.

Although regulators indispensable beryllium satisfied earlier the rollout of immoderate vaccine, manufacturing astatine a tract successful West Lothian, Scotland, had already started.

In a connection connected its website, Valneva said: "Valneva SE, a specialty vaccine company, contiguous announced that it has received a termination announcement from the UK Government (HMG) successful narration to the Supply Agreement for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, VLA2001.

"The declaration provides HMG with the close to terminate. HMG has alleged that the institution is successful breach of its obligations nether the proviso agreement, but the institution strenuously denies this."

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image captionPrime Minister Boris Johnson visited Valneva's Scottish manufacturing tract successful January this year

The steadfast said connected Monday that results from its signifier 3 trials were owed aboriginal this year.

It added: "Valneva has worked tirelessly, and to its champion efforts, connected the collaboration with HMG including investing important resources and effort to respond to HMG's requests for variant-derived vaccines."

The institution hopes that, babelike connected the results of its continuing trials and sign-off from the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, archetypal support could inactive beryllium granted successful 2021.

Speaking to BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland, Scotland's Health Secretary Humza Yousaf insisted that the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out would not beryllium affected by the cancellation of the contract.

"We person capable proviso adjacent for a booster programme. I privation to springiness implicit assurance to anyone listening that we person the supplies indispensable to proceed to vaccinate and peculiarly with a booster programme connected the horizon," helium said.

Mr Yousaf said that portion the announcement would beryllium a large set-back for the Livingston plant, helium would talk to Valneva to sermon its future.

Valneva said connected Monday that it would besides look to different imaginable customers to guarantee that the vaccines tin inactive beryllium utilized successful the combat against the pandemic.

The Scottish Health Secretary added that helium was waiting for further accusation from the UK authorities implicit Valneva's alleged nonaccomplishment to conscionable the presumption of its contract.

The Department for Health did not instantly respond to the BBC's petition for comment.

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