Covid questions

PM urged to explain Valneva contract cancellation

Valneva Covid vaccine

Valneva was due to deliver 190 million doses

An SNP MP has urged the Prime Minister to explain the UK Government’s decision to cancel a contract with Valneva to supply Covid vaccines from its Livingston plant.

The contract worth £1.3 billion to supply 190 million doses over five years was terminated in September by the UK government which claimed the company was in breach of contract.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Livingston MP Hannah Bardell said no reason has been given for the cancellation and no apology offered to the company or those who took place in trials.

Ms Bardell’s demand comes after the former chairman of the UK’s vaccine taskforce, Dame Kate Bingham, told an audience in Oxford that the UK government “acted in bad faith” when it cancelled the contract.

Ms Bardell said the government’s decision had left the Valneva workforce extremely apprehensive about the future.  

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