Stefan Bansel, CEO of American pharmaceutical company Moderna, has revealed the price of a forthcoming coronavirus vaccine. He told about this to the newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
According to him, the cost of one dose of the vaccine will be from 25 to 37 dollars for European countries, depending on the volume of the order. “This is a fair price considering how much it costs to treat severe COVID-19,” he said, noting that the company is not chasing maximum profit.
Bansel also said that Moderna will produce 20 million doses of the vaccine by the end of the year, but only a small part will be available for Europe. At the same time, he indicated that the company is close to signing an agreement with the European Commission for the supply of vaccines, and this issue will be finally resolved within a few days.
Earlier it was reported that the third phase of trials of the vaccine against the coronavirus mRNA-1273 company Moderna showed the effectiveness of the drug at the level of 94.5 percent. Then Bansel announced a turning point in the development of the drug. “The result of the interim analysis gave us the first clinical confirmation that our vaccine can prevent COVID-19 disease, including severe disease,” he said.
On November 19, the manufacturers of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine applied for certification to the World Health Organization. So far, the organization has not spoken out in favor of any vaccine against COVID-19, because the drugs must go through an assessment system first in their country, then internationally.