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    Reevel Alderson

    BBC Scotland Home Affairs correspondent


    A Scottish life-sciences company is to manufacture a vaccine being trialled to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Stirling-based Symbiosis will manufacture the vaccine for the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca as it undergoes clinical trials.

    The vaccine, known as AZD 1222, is currently in clinical trials across the UK.

    Under the new agreement, Symbiosis, which employs 100 staff in its Stirling headquarters, will provide manufacturing capacity for the clinical trial which it hopes will accelerate the further development of the vaccine.

    AstraZeneca has said it will provide the drug at cost during the pandemic. The first doses should be available by the end of the year.

    Using manufacturing capacity across the world, including in Scotland, means the company should be able to supply two billion doses if regulatory approval is granted.