Pfizer irked after Belgian politician publishes COVID-19 vaccine prices - (This is Money via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Pfizer is complaining of a breach of confidentiality after a politician in Belgium published the price per dose of COVID-19 vaccines ordered by the country, as reported in This is Money.

  • Belgian secretary of state Eva De Bleeker tweeted a table with the number of doses and price per dose of each vaccine, although she subsequently deleted her tweet.

  • The table briefly published by De Bleeker showed the Belgian government paid €12 per dose to buy about 5 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Sources familiar with the matter have said the EU agreed to pay €15.50 per dose for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

  • Elisabeth Schraepen, Pfizer's spokeswoman for the Benelux region, told Belgian daily Le Soir that the publication of the details was a breach of confidentiality.

  • "These prices are covered by a confidentiality clause in the contract with the European Commission," Schraepen said.

  • The Belgian price does not factor in unrefundable downpayments of hundreds of millions of euros that the EU has made to many vaccine makers to secure their shots, one EU official said.

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