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AstraZeneca's candidate is seen as the front runner in the global race to deliver an effective vaccine against the coronavirus.

Financial terms are still under wraps, but Japan is eager to keep the COVID-19 supply pacts coming. "This vaccine candidate has the potential to save lives and allow us to return to a way of life that will restore our economy, re-connect our friendships and continue activities we all enjoy". Negotiations between the drugmakers commenced after AstraZeneca agreed to sit down with the Japanese government for broad vaccine supply talks, Daiichi said.

The University of Tokyo and Daiichi Sankyo are developing an mRNA version.

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United States pharmaceutical giant Pfizer agreed last month that if it succeeds in developing a vaccine, it will supply doses for 60 million people in Japan.

Early trials found the experimental Moderna vaccine, developed with the US National Institutes of Health, revved up people's immune systems.

As Japan procures vaccines from overseas, it is also developing its own.

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And the same day news broke about the AstraZeneca vaccine agreement, Maryland-based shotmaker Novavax tapped Japan's Takeda to handle development, production and sales of its recombinant protein shot in-country.

With coronavirus cases across the globe inching closer to 2 crore-mark, scientists and pharmaceutical companies globally are racing to find the vaccine for the deadly virus, which has claimed lives of more than 7.17 lakh people in the world.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree on Thursday setting aside 1.9 billion reais ($356 million) in funds to purchase an initial 100 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and to invest in its eventually production in Brazil.

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