Are pharmaceutical firms going to profit from coronavirus vaccines?

The UK government announced on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sanofi under which the two pharmaceutical companies will provide millions of doses of their experimental coronavirus vaccines to Britain if they prove viable.

This is the fourth such agreement ministers have signed with multinational pharma companies.

The government says these deals will give the UK “the most likely chance of finding a safe and effective vaccine at the quickest speed”.

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