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The European Union has agreed to pay a premium on new orders of Covid-19 vaccines because it is requiring tougher terms to be met as the bloc tries to protect supplies after a rocky start to its vaccination campaign, Reuters explains. One European official familiar with negotiations said the value of the vaccines had risen since evidence had emerged of their efficacy and of the positive impact they had on helping the economy to recover from a pandemic-induced recession. Production capacity, delivery schedules, and technology are factors.

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