AstraZeneca vaccine price pledge omits some poor countries, contract shows

Posted by on June 17, 2021 10:00 am
Categories: Global Stories

Exclusive: firm could charge more in places such as Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka once Covid pandemic is over

AstraZeneca can charge a higher price for its Covid-19 vaccine in dozens of poor countries once the pharmaceutical company decides the pandemic has ended, according to a copy of its contract with Oxford University seen by the Guardian.

The British-Swedish drug firm has promised to provide the vaccine at a not-for-profit price to the developing world in perpetuity, but a review of a redacted version of its contract with Oxford University, obtained by the student advocacy group Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), found that the promise excludes many low-income and lower-middle-income countries.

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