CureVac says interest in its COVID-19 vaccine on the rise

European Union in November secured up to 405mln doses of CureVac's two-shot vaccine

  
Employee Philipp Hoffmann, of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine for the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease at a laboratory in Tuebingen, Germany, March 12, 2020. Picture taken on March 12, 2020. Image for illustrative purposes.

Employee Philipp Hoffmann, of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine for the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease at a laboratory in Tuebingen, Germany, March 12, 2020. Picture taken on March 12, 2020. Image for illustrative purposes.

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FRANKFURT - German biotech firm CureVac  said it had seen the number of requests for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine increase over the past few days, following a halt of the use of Johnson & Johnson's shot amid concerns over rare side effects.

The European Union in November secured up to 405 million doses of CureVac's two-shot vaccine, which has yet to win regulatory approval, the company's only large supply contract so far.

A spokesman said requests have been coming in from various actors, including governments and international organisations but he declined to elaborate. The group is to hold an analyst call on fourth-quarter results at 1400 GMT.

Europe's choppy vaccine rollout hit more trouble this week after J&J suspended shipments of its COVID-19 shot and Denmark said it would drop a similar vaccine from AstraZeneca over very rare cases of blood clotting.

(Reporting by Ludwig Burger, editing by Emma Thomasson) ((ludwig.burger@thomsonreuters.com; +49 30 220133634; Reuters Messaging: ludwig.burger.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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