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The agreement focuses on respiratory viruses, especially influenza, and includes a $225m upfront payment plus an increase in GSK’s equity investment in Vir.
Some analysts are suggesting that AstraZeneca is getting hold of a "scarce and high-quality asset" in Alexion for a very reasonable price and shareholders could demand more than the $175 per share offer on the table.
GSK now looks free to pursue its ‘Plan A’ for the consumer division, but activist investors may push for a new bidder to be found.