Sunday, December 20, 2020

Compare EU Prices for Covid-19 Vaccines

A Belgian minister, whether intentionally or unintentionally has blown the lid off a sensitive and commercial secret – the price that the EU has agreed to pay for the leading coronavirus vaccines. 

Anyway, Belgium is reported to be buying more than 33 million vaccines for a total of €279 million (£253 million). 

This is the list of what the EU are paying: 

  • Oxford-AstraZeneca: €1.78 (£1.61) 
  • Johnson & Johnson: $8.50 (£6.30) 
  • Sanofi-GSK: €7.56 
  • Pfizer-BioNTech: €12 
  • CureVac: €10 
  • Moderna: $18

Belgium’s budget state secretary, Eva De Bleeker (right), published the price list on Twitter, with quantities stated for each vaccine that her country intends to buy from the EU. 

The tweet was quickly deleted – but not soon enough to prevent interested parties taking screenshots, which have now made it public knowledge. 

The details allow countries that may be negotiating with the vaccine manufacturers to take a harder line. 

For Malaysians, we would love to know how much the government is paying for the vaccines that we have agreed to purchase – but knowing how transparent we are, we won’t be any wiser! 

If pressed, they would adopt the same line that is being used. Everything about vaccines and prices are covered by confidentiality clauses. Nothing new, leh!

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