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UK health secretary to urge flu shot model for COVID-19 at G-7

Nations should seek shared trial standards to speed variant vaccines, Hancock says

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock will propose a common international standard for coronavirus clinical trials during next week's Group of Seven ministers meeting.   © Reuters

LONDON -- The development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments should emulate the shared international framework created for flu shots to ensure timely rollouts against virus variants, Britain's health secretary told Nikkei in a recent interview.

Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health, will propose that approach when health ministers from Group of Seven nations meet in the U.K. next week. This gathering will inform the debate at the G-7 leaders summit to be held in the country June 11-13.

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