By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Earlier this week, Iceland officials signed a contract for the supply of vaccine to Iceland from the drug manufacturing company Janssen.

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This is the third of its type to be secured by the Icelandic health authorities for the purchase of vaccine against COVID 19.

The contract with Janssen guarantees doses for 235,000 people; earlier, contracts had been made with Pfizer for doses for 85,000 people and with AstraZeneca for sufficient vaccine for a further 115,000.

The Ministry of Health is currently working to finalize a contract with the drug manufacturer Moderna, which it is planned to sign on 31 December.

Through its participation in pan-European collaboration on the purchase of vaccines under agreements made by the European Commission, Iceland is guaranteed the same quantities of vaccine, proportional to its population, as other countries involved. The commission determines how much each state receives on a strictly proportional basis.

To date, Iceland has reported 5,683 total cases, including 28 deaths.