EU to close preliminary vaccine talks with Valneva

"We also intend to launch this week a tender procedure for Valneva," Gallina said in a hearing in the EU Parliament on Tuesday (January 12).

She said the EU was also trying to conclude a supply deal with Novavax.

Preliminary talks with the U.S. vaccine makers were wrapped up on December 17 for the supply of up to 200 million doses.