AstraZeneca vaccine deal

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

In the middle of June, Matt Hancock stated the following during the daily Coronavirus livestream:

“… AstraZeneca has struck a deal for the manufacture of the Oxford vaccine. They are starting manufacturing now, even ahead of approval, so we can build up a stockpile and be ready should it be clinically approved.”

Could you please provide me with the minutes of any meetings at which this deal was discussed. I need to understand whether:

- AstraZeneca has been assured that it will be paid for production of an as-yet unapproved vaccine, whether or not it is finally approved, or
- AstraZeneca has been assured that the vaccine will be approved no matter the result of clinical trials

If you require any clarification, I expect you to contact me under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Robinson

Department of Health and Social Care

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