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EU clinches first vaccine deal with AstraZeneca

The EU agreed to buy at least 300 million doses of AstraZeneca's potential Covid-19 vaccine in its first such advance purchase deal, Reuters reported. The European Commission, which is negotiating on behalf of the 27 member states, declined to disclose the terms of the accord with the British drugmaker. The move expands a preliminary agreement by a group of EU member states reached with the drug firm in June.

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EU leaders to discuss vaccine certificates

While some member states hope vaccine certificates could revive tourism, EU officials point out that it is not clear if vaccinated people can still carry the virus and infect others.

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