Vaccine
A researcher works on the development of a vaccine against the new coronavirus COVID-19. Photo for illustrative purposes Image Credit: AFP

Washington: The Pentagon on Thursday announced a $342 million (Dh1.2 billion) contract has been awarded to British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to deliver "mass quantities of COVID-19 vaccines" to US troops.

It said GSK was the only company to make a bid for the contract, which will consist of supporting "military locations and personnel throughout the continental US and outside the continental US."

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The work will be carried out in North Carolina "with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2021," the Pentagon said.

The US Army will supervise execution of the project.