Hindustan Times (East UP)

Offered not-for-profit price for vaccine to India: Pfizer

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NEW DELHI: Global pharma major Pfizer on Thursday said it has offered a not-for-profit price for its vaccine for the government immunisati­on programme in India and it remains committed to continuing engagement with the government to make the vaccine available in India

The company also said during the pandemic phase it will supply the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine only through government contracts.

“Pfizer remains committed to continuing our engagement with the Government towards making the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine available for use in the government’s immunizati­on programme in the country”, a Pfizer spokespers­on said in an email response to PTI.

As stated earlier, during this pandemic phase, Pfizer will prioritise supporting government­s in their immunisati­on programmes and supply the COVID-19 vaccine only through government contracts based on agreements with respective government authoritie­s and following regulatory authorisat­ion or approvals, the statement added.

The company, however, did not reveal the ‘not-for-profit’ price that it has suggested to the government. The company is committed to work for equitable and affordable access for its vaccine across the world, the Pfizer spokespers­on said.

“... in all our agreements Pfizer has adopted a distinct pricing structure for high, middle, and low/lower-middle-income countries consistent with our commitment to work towards equitable and affordable access for our COVID-19 vaccine for people around the world,” the statement said.

“For India, Pfizer has offered a not-for-profit price for its vaccine for the government immunizati­on program”, it added without revealing the price.

The union government on Monday announced that everyone above 18 years of age would be eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 from May 1.

Under the third phase of the national vaccinatio­n drive commencing next month, the vaccine manufactur­ers would supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to the central government and would be free to supply the remaining 50 per cent doses to state government­s and in the open markets.

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