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Pfizer Has Offered South Africa Discounted Covid-19 Vaccines

  • Country says cost of buying Pfizer shot is ‘prohibitive’
  • Health department declines comment as prices under discussion
Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg
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Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE offered to supply South Africa with their Covid-19 vaccine at a discounted $10 a dose, yet the president’s office still described the cost as prohibitive, according to a person familiar with the talks.

The price was worked out according to South Africa’s status as a middle-income nation and is about half of what the drugmakers are charging in the U.S., the person said, asking not to be identified as the information hasn’t been made public. The fact that the companies are running a vaccine trial in the country was also taken into consideration, the person said.