BionTech – Pfizer irked after Belgian politician publishes COVID-19 vaccine costs
BRUSSELS, Dec 18 (Reuters) – U.S. drugmaker Pfizer complained of a breach of confidentiality after a politician in Belgium printed on Thursday the price per dose of COVID-19 vaccines ordered by the nation, in keeping with a Belgian newspaper.
Belgian secretary of state Eva De Bleeker tweeted a desk with the variety of doses and price per dose of every vaccine, after a 30-hour debate on the Belgian finances in parliament. She subsequently deleted her tweet.
Pfizer and its German associate BioNTech, whose COVID-19 vaccine is the primary to have been accredited by Western regulators, is amongst suppliers to the European Union, together with Belgium.
Elisabeth Schraepen, the U.S. drugmaker’s spokeswoman for the Benelux area, instructed Belgian each day Le Soir that the publication of the small print was a breach of confidentiality.
“These prices are covered by a confidentiality clause in the contract with the European Commission,” Schraepen mentioned.
The desk briefly printed by De Bleeker confirmed the Belgian authorities paid 12 euros ($14.7) per dose to purchase about 5 million pictures of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Sources accustomed to the matter have instructed Reuters the EU agreed to pay 15.50 euros ($18.34) per dose for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
The Belgian price doesn’t consider unrefundable downpayments of a whole lot of tens of millions of euros that the EU has made to many vaccine makers to safe their pictures, one EU official instructed Reuters.
EU governments pay the rest after they order their doses.
“We can’t say anything about this case, everything about vaccines and prices are covered by confidentiality clauses, in the interests of society and also in the interests of negotiations ongoing,” a spokesman for the European Fee instructed a each day information briefing on Friday.
The General Affiliation of the Medicines Business of Belgium mentioned the leak was a “grave violation of the confidentiality clause and hurts the government itself.”
The European Medicines Company has mentioned a panel of specialists will convene on Dec. 21 to judge the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and inoculations within the EU might begin on Dec. 27.
$1 = 0.8161 euros Reporting by Marine Strauss, Foo Yun Chee and Francesco Guarascio; Enhancing by Mark Potter