“To have more demanding contracts with products adapted to the variants will be – probably, yes – a little more expensive, not only for the EU, but for all the buyers”, declared the French politician on the radio Radio France international .
On Sunday evening, the Financial Times reported that Pfizer and Moderna had increased their prices – a Pfizer jab now costs € 19.50 instead of € 15.50, and a Moderna jab now costs € 21.50 instead of € 19. The EU executive body declined to comment on Agence France-Presse, but Beaune’s statements do corroborate the Financial Times report.
“The vaccine doses that the EU is currently negotiating with Pfizer and other laboratories are not the same as the first generation of vaccines. They are adapted, as required by the contracts being negotiated, to the variants, ”said Beaune. He added that the EU has also demanded that the majority of production – “nearly 300,000 vaccine components” – be produced in Europe.
Delivery times will be “more precise”, explained the young French minister, with financial penalties if they are not respected by the laboratories.
Beaune said the contracts will become public once they are finalized.