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Government declines to reveal cost of ‘sensitive’ Moderna deal

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US company to cover cost of manufacturing centre but questions remain about British government investment

The UK government has refused to reveal how much it has spent on a 10-year deal with the US pharmaceutical company Moderna—despite growing public interest in the UK’s vaccine manufacturing capability.

Agreed in December, the £1 billion deal includes plans for a vaccine research and manufacturing facility with the capacity to produce up to 250 million vaccines a year, with the first due to be made in 2025. The company has also committed to funding PhD places and university research programmes.

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