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Von der Leyen to meet pharma execs for vaccine talks - report

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will meet CEOs of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson, BioNTech and Curevac on Sunday, Handelsblatt reported on Friday. According to EU sources, the meeting will address coronavirus vaccine delivery delays and the companies' ability to respond to the emergence of new variants of the virus.

The former head of GlaxoSmithKline's vaccine division Moncef Slaoui is reported to serve as an intermediary between the firms and the EU. He also worked as the chief adviser for Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration's coronavirus vaccine program. Meanwhile, the Commission published its contract with AstraZeneca amid a dispute over delays in deliveries.

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