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The government is expected to reach a deal soon with British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC to secure over 100 million doses of a novel coronavirus vaccine being developed with the University of Oxford, a source close to the matter said Friday.

The drugmaker has announced that it will start supplying its COVID-19 vaccine overseas in September, and is expected to begin clinical trials in Japan later this month to confirm its efficacy and safety.

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