Three pharmaceutical companies have signed deals with the UK to provide 90 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine.(AP: Ted S Warren)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelThe United Kingdom will receive 90 million doses of possible coronavirus vaccines after the Government signed two deals.Key points:The UK Government has signed deals with companies Valneva, Pfizer Inc and BioNTechIf the possible vaccines are successful, the Government will purchase another 40 million from ValnevaBusiness Minister Alok Sharma says this will ensure the UK has the best chance of securing a vaccineThe Ministry of Business announced it had agreements with French group Valneva and an alliance between companies Pfizer Inc and BioNTech.The deal with Pfizer-BioNTech will provide Britain with 30 million doses. The other 60 million will be provided by Valneva, with an option of 40 million more doses if it is proven to be safe, effective and suitable, the ministry said."This new partnership with some of the world's foremost pharmaceutical and vaccine companies will ensure the UK has the best chance possible of securing a vaccine that protects those most at risk," Business Minister Alok Sharma said.Coronavirus latest: Follow all the latest information in our COVID-19 live blog.The deals follow a previously announced agreement with AstraZeneca to produce 100 million doses of its potential vaccine being developed in partnership with the University of Oxford.The British Government also said it had secured treatments containing COVID-19-neutralising antibodies from AstraZeneca to protect people who could not be vaccinated.There is currently no working vaccine against coronavirus and experts say one will be needed to control the pandemic that has infected millions of people around the world and killed more than 600,000 people.Progress made to find a vaccineLast week, human trails began for another potential vaccine in Queensland.In Brisbane, 120 volunteers have received their first dose of the potential immunisation, developed by the University of Queensland (UQ).It is one of several clinical trials being conducted around the country, including one other involving Queensland researchers and volunteers.The trial, in which people will be injected with two doses every four weeks, will examine the safety and immune response of the vaccine among volunteers.Preliminary results of the trial are expected to be released by the end of September.Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 26 seconds26s The US health director said "one or two" vaccine candidates could be ready by year's end.In the United States, the country's top infectious disease expert said he was confident a vaccine could be found by the end of the year."There are multiple candidates, which are in various stages of clinical trial," Anthony Fauci said last week. "We're pretty cautiously optimistic that at the end of the year, beginning of 2021, we will have one and maybe more, I hope, more than one vaccine that would be available."What you need to know about coronavirus:The symptomsThe number of cases in AustraliaGlobal cases, deaths and testing ratesReuters
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