Europe – Four European nations form alliance to fast-track COVID-19 vaccine

France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands join forces to accelerate production. France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have formed an 'Inclusive Vaccine Alliance'to fast-track a vaccine for the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.

The initiative’s main goal is to accelerate production of a successful COVID-19 vaccine ‘on European soil, according to a statement released by the Dutch Health Ministry. It will also work towards producing enough doses of vaccines for the EU, as well as additional countries including low-income states in Africa.

All four nations are set to collaborate with big pharmaceutical companies, and “are jointly exploring various promising initiatives” which will help to achieve the shared goal.

« Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands are convinced that a successful result requires a joint strategy and investments,” the Dutch government added.

Dutch officials have also said that the initiative could include the European Commission in any negotiations, and added that it would like to offer other EU member states the option to participate in initiatives that come out of the collaboration…