Merck did not disclose the details of the sale proceeds, but said it expects to record a small gain from the sale in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Moderna’s shares have risen more than seven-fold this year, valuing the company at US$55.80-billion as of Tuesday’s closing price.
Moderna is one of the front-runners in the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, and on Monday filed for U.S. emergency use authorization of its vaccine.
Merck, which had invested US$50-million in Moderna in 2015, said it would retain exposure to the company indirectly through its investment in venture funds.
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