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EU says it is too early to say if option to buy more J&J vaccines will be used

BRUSSELS, April 22 (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Thursday it had not yet decided whether to take up or not the option to buy 200 million additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

“I cannot say we are at the stage when the Commission can decide with member states whether or not to exercise the option. It’s a bit premature,” a spokesman for the Commission told a news conference.

Under the contract with J&J, the EU has already ordered 200 million doses and has an option to buy another 200 million. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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