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AstraZeneca sells 7.7% stake in Moderna for over $1 billion

AstraZeneca is retaining partnership with Moderna on other disease treatments and could sell its AstraZeneca-Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine on a commercial basis in future if the virus becomes endemic, the report added

twitter-logoReuters | March 1, 2021 | Updated 10:03 IST
AstraZeneca sells 7.7% stake in Moderna for over $1 billion

AstraZeneca Plc has sold its 7.7 percent stake in Moderna Inc for more than $1 billion after the US biotechnology company's shares soared on the back of its coronavirus vaccine breakthrough, The Times reported.

The report added that it was not clear over what period British-based AstraZeneca sold its holding in Moderna.

AstraZeneca and Moderna did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

AstraZeneca is retaining partnership with Moderna on other disease treatments and could sell its AstraZeneca-Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine on a commercial basis in future if the virus becomes endemic, the report added.

Moderna, whose vaccine is cleared for emergency use against COVID-19 in the United States, said last week it was expecting sales of $18.4 billion from its coronavirus vaccine this year.

Also read: COVID-19 vaccine: US health experts endorse J&J's single-shot jab

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