[Ip-health] Politico: Belgian secretary of state accidentally reveals EU vaccine prices

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Thu Dec 17 22:19:00 PST 2020

Belgian secretary of state accidentally reveals EU vaccine prices

The EU’s vaccine prices were — for a short time and by accident — finally
made public.

Belgium’s Budget State Secretary Eva De Bleeker on Thursday tweeted a table
with the price of each vaccine purchased by the EU and how much Belgium
will spend in total on the vaccines, according to Belgian news site HLN
The tweet has since been deleted, but the outlet published a screenshot.

The European Commission has said it cannot disclose the prices paid for
each coronavirus vaccine, citing commercial confidentiality agreements.

Civil society groups, MEPs and health advocates have been calling for
months for the Commission to reveal how much the EU is paying, arguing that
deals involving taxpayer funds should have greater transparency.

The Commission signed deals with six producers and completed exploratory
talks with a seventh on Thursday. Countries will place their orders
individually for each vaccine.

According to the screenshot published by HLN, the EU is spending between
€1.78 and $18 per coronavirus vaccine. The price per dose listed for each
of the six vaccines was as follows:

   - Oxford/AstraZeneca: €1.78
   - Johnson & Johnson, $8.50
   - Sanofi/GSK: €7.56
   - BioNTech/Pfizer: €12
   - CureVac: €10
   - Moderna: $18

Belgium will purchase more than 33 million vaccines for a total of €279

De Blecker said that publication of the price breakdown was “a mistake on
the part of the communications team,” according to HLN.

In reaction to questions by opposition MPs about the potential consequences
of the violation of confidentiality, De Blecker said
<https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2020/12/17/prijzen-vaccins/> the blunder
would not “endanger anything” concerning Belgium’s access to vaccines.

According to HLN, the European Commission said: “We will not comment on
what happened in Belgium, but the prices of the vaccines are confidential.”

Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org

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