“Four contracts have been negotiated at this stage, two are almost finalized”, Announces Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister Delegate for Industry, guest of franceinfo on Monday, November 16, referring to the negotiations underway between the European Union and pharmaceutical companies which are developing vaccines against the coronavirus. The vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories is part of two contracts being finalized, “which should be concluded next week”, details the minister.
The distribution of vaccines negotiated for the 27 countries of the European Union will be based on the population, explains Agnès Pannier-Runacher: “Everyone has the right to a certain number of doses corresponding to their population”.
The important thing for the European Commission is to have a variety of vaccines to be sure that some will reach the end of the effort.Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Industry
“It’s a political issue, it’s a collective health issue” and it’s “the European Commission today which puts the money on the table”.
The budget is a central issue: “We are obviously attentive to the prices we negotiate”, declares the minister who claims to have “obtained, compared to the first figures expressed by certain laboratories, a form of convergence towards prices which we consider to be realistic and correspond to the effort which is made in terms of acceleration and development”. However, this budget will not be made public immediately, announces the Minister: “We wish to maintain confidentiality until the end of the negotiations “.