July 21, 2020 / 8:00 PM / 16 days ago

Brazil seeking COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna, AstraZeneca

FILE PHOTO: People stand in front of the Reference Center for Special Immunobiologicals (CRIE) of the Federal University of Sao Paulo (Unifesp) where the trials of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine are conducted, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil is in talks with U.S. biotech firm Moderna Inc to possibly get priority in purchasing a potential COVID-19 vaccine that the company is developing, the country’s interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said on Tuesday.

Pazuello said that Brazil also has an understanding with AstraZeneca for the firm to deliver 30 million doses of its potential vaccine.

Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Sandra Maler

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