EU secures extra vaccines; Republicans to meet Biden over Covid relief plan

Brussels (AFP) – European Union efforts to secure Covid-19 vaccines received a much-needed boost after AstraZeneca promised to increase deliveries, while US Republicans were set to meet President Joe Biden to try and build bipartisan support for a huge national relief plan. British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca will increase shipments of its vaccine to the EU by 30 percent, said European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen Sunday, as the bloc struggles to get its mass inoculation programme up and running. AstraZeneca had had previously said it could deliver only a quarter of the doses originally …

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