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UK will take ‘priority’ for new COVID-19 vaccine that is predicted to be ready next year

Ms Newman asked: “Is the EU opting out of that EU scheme on vaccine purchase and if so why?”

Mr Hancock said: “That is right we have chosen not to join the EU scheme on vaccine purchase.

“The reason is it would not have allowed us to have a say in the vaccines that were procured, the price, the quantity or the delivery schedule.

“We have got a very sophisticated domestic programme, a UK programme for developing the vaccine for two of the most developed candidates in the world including the one that is widely recognised as the most advanced, the Oxford vaccine.

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