The senator said "there is even an Amazing Race-kind of hunt among nations for vaccines", noting that "officials of some of our Asean neighbors were reported to have jetted all over the world to scour for and secure supply contracts".
Sputnik V is developed by the Gamaleya National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Health Ministry.
But Moderna Chief Executive Stephane Bancel said on Sunday the company would charge governments between $25 and $37 per dose, depending on the amount ordered.
Koeman gives Frenkie de Jong a rest for Barcelona's Champions League clash
Dynamo Kyiv are ranked third in the group with a solitary point and need to beat Barcelona to stay alive for a top-two finish. Injuries to several key players including Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique have forced Koeman to rotate.
Pharmaceutical firms should offer the World Health Organization's COVAX initiative - created to make available supplies to poorer countries - "the best possible conditions and good prices" for their vaccines, Mueller said.
Bancel maintained that it is a "fair price" and that the company is not interested in "maximum profit", according to the report.
The German government has launched a special program for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine for 750 million euros (892.5 million USA dollars), funding the German companies BioNTech, CureVac and IDT Biologika.
Pfizer and German partner BioNTech are the first drug makers to release successful data from a large-scale clinical trial of a vaccine, with their analysis showing a much better performance than most experts had hoped for from COVID-19 vaccines.
Canada trade deal to benefit spirits
Without an agreement, trade between the two entities would be executed under the terms of the World Trade Organization. The UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement will be subject to final legal checks before it is formally signed .
As the largest single vaccine buyer in the world, UNICEF normally procures more than 2 billion doses of vaccines annually for routine immunisation and outbreak response on behalf of almost 100 countries. Bancel told WamS that it was "only a matter of days" before the contract is signed.
So the vaccine will play a significant role in tackling the pandemic, if it is approved for use by regulators. Trial Management Associates (TMA), the same company that has been testing a vaccine for Moderna, was selected to test two new vaccines in production by other pharmaceutical companies.
To kickstart preparations, UNICEF together with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), briefed major global airlines last week on the expected capacity requirements and discussed ways to transport close to 2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines in 2021.
According to a release, the European Union agreed recently to the use of €2 million (US$2.3m) of a much larger grant to CARPHA, for the purchase of vaccines or treatments as they become available.
Boris Johnson Confirms Tier System Will Return After Lockdown Ends Next Wednesday
Instead, he announced England would emerge from the nationwide lockdown and back into a restructured regional tier system. The UK has yet to release up-to-date data to show which regions would be required to impose which restriction tiers.