By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Brussels is close to wrapping up preliminary talks with U.S.

vaccine maker Novavax for its potential COVID-19 shot, an EU source involved in the negotiations said, as the bloc ramps up its push in the global race to secure supplies.

The move is meant to expand to seven the portfolio of vaccines the 27-country bloc, with a population of 450 million, wants to secure.

It would bring doses potentially available to EU countries to more than 2 billion.

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Josephine Mason and Jan Harvey)


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