More on South Africa being charged twice what EU countries are paying for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, from AFP.
AstraZeneca France told AFP in November that its shots would be capped at 2.5 euros (around $3) per dose “to provide vaccines to the widest population, with as fair access as possible”.
The pharmaceutical giant did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the health ministry’s price quote.
South Africa’s AstraZeneca vaccine order is part of 20 million secured doses to be delivered in the first half of 2021.
The WHO-backed Covax facility is expected to provide shots for 10 percent of the population between April and June.
Other vaccines will be provided via the African Union and bilateral contracts with suppliers that have not yet been disclosed.
Around 2,000 South Africans participated in Trials for the AstraZeneca vaccine in 2020.