Hopes for contract

Valneva order ‘may be reinstated’ to fight Omicron

Valneva Covid vaccine

The company is winning orders in other countries

UK Government ministers may be about to return to the negotiating table with French vaccine developer Valneva two months after cancelling a contract to supply Covid vaccines from its plant in Livingston.

A source close to the situation says it is hoped the UK Government will “seek an amicable resolution” and at least partially reinstate the £1.2bn order to help combat the new Omicron variant.

Westminster terminated the deal in September, claiming breach of contract, a move that drew criticism from business leaders, senior academics and politicians.

The government had placed an order for 100 million doses of its VLA2001 vaccine after increasing its request by 40 million last February. Then, without warning, it pulled the plug.

Valneva-Livingston

Valneva’s Livingston plant saw its contract cancelled

It placed a question mark over the future of the firm’s new West Lothian factory, a globally-qualified manufacturing site for viral vaccines including VLA2001.

The company is currently supplying, or is in discussion, with other countries about potential deals for the vaccine.

It follows successful advanced trials in both the United States and Europe, reports Bloomberg. Study results are eliciting better immunity than AstraZeneca’s shot, with fewer side effects.

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