Pfizer and Moderna raise prices for vaccines they will import into the EU
The two pharmaceutical companies that have produced the first anti-COVID vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, have decided to increase the price by 3-4 euros for each dose in their contracts with the European Union.
The news is reported by the "Financial Times", where it is specified that the price will go to 19.50 euros from 15.5 that was previously set between Brussels and Pfizer. Meanwhile, Moderna is planning to increase the price to 21.50 euros from 19 euros, the price that has been paid for imported vaccines so far.
The decision to raise the price came just days after the European Commission pledged to achieve full (two-dose) vaccination of 70% of the EU population by the end of the summer. Given the great need for vaccines and the limited time it takes to administer them, it seems that companies have seized the moment to announce this increase.
There are no reports in advance that the EU will withdraw from contracts due to the price increase and the European taxpayer will probably have to pay billions more for the import of the vaccine, after a disastrous year for public finances due to "lockdowns". ”That were imposed by governments as part of anti-COVID measures.