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The European Union is preparing to use an emergency €2.4bn fund to make advance purchases of promising vaccines against the new coronavirus, EU officials have told Reuters.

The move was discussed at a meeting of EU ambassadors on Wednesday, after Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands said they were speeding up negotiations with pharmaceutical companies to secure access to vaccines currently under development.

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