Bulgarian PM: price of Pfizer vaccine jumps from €12 to €19,50

Bulgarian PM reveals that Pfizer vaccine price has jumped from €12 to €19.50. [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]

“Pfizer cost €12, then €15.50. The Commission now signs contracts for €19,50”, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov revealed on Sunday.

The European Commission is in talks with Pfizer for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in 2022 and 2023. Borissov said the contracts provide for €19.50 per dose.

Borissov boasted how European solidarity and his diplomatic efforts had secured an additional 2.7 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be delivered to Bulgaria in the next two months.

“Pfizer was €12, then it became €15.50. Contracts are now being signed for 900 million vaccines at a price of €19.50,” the PM said, to illustrate his claim that prices are rising sharply.

“Now we are most afraid of the French variant. So many more variants will appear … Because €19.50 for 900 million will cost nearly €18 billion. First with a jab, then a second, third and fourth,” Borissov continued, adding that experts must set much higher budgets for vaccines in the upcoming budget.

Under an agreement with the vaccine producing companies, the European Commission has so far refused to reveal the price of vaccines. However, last December Belgian Secretary of State Eva De Bleeker shared on Twitter the vaccine prices negotiated by the Commission, as well as the number of doses purchased by her government. Then, it became known that the AstraZeneca jab costs €1.78 compared to €12 for Pfizer-BioNTech.

Borissov is known for often revealing in public, following EU summits, information that should normally be kept confidential. Regarding Bulgaria’s vaccine strategy, EURACTIV reported back in January that the country had put all its eggs in one basket, by banking on the cheaper AstraZeneca vaccine, and not using its quotas of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Later, Borissov demanded a “fairer distribution”. (Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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