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The countries that will be first in line to get a coronavirus vaccine

A worker takes vaccine vials to inspect at the workshop of vaccine maker Wuhan Institute of Biological Products in Wuhan, 2010.
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Vaccines are getting snapped up.
  • Olivia Goldhill
By Olivia Goldhill

Science reporter

If scientists find a successful coronavirus vaccine—which is still “if,” rather than “when”—the companies that own the rights will face the difficult question of who gets the first doses.

Researching and producing a vaccine costs billions of dollars, so governments around the world are offering major funding in exchange for the promise of early batches. Inevitably, the richest countries are more likely to get a vaccine fastest.

The table below shows ongoing public deals for the first vaccines being developed by different companies, in order of the country or institution that has pre-ordered the greatest number of doses.

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