Pfizer mentioned Wednesday that it’ll present almost two dozen merchandise, together with its top-selling COVID-19 vaccine and remedy, at not-for-profit costs in a number of the world’s poorest international locations.
The drugmaker introduced this system on the World Financial Discussion board’s annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland, and mentioned it was geared toward bettering well being fairness in 45 lower-income international locations. A lot of the international locations are in Africa, however the listing additionally contains Haiti, Syria, Cambodia and North Korea.
The merchandise, that are broadly out there within the U.S. and the European Union, embody 23 medicines and vaccines that deal with infectious ailments, some cancers and uncommon and inflammatory situations. Firm spokeswoman Pam Eisele mentioned solely a small variety of the medicines and vaccines are presently out there within the 45 international locations.
New York-based Pfizer will cost solely manufacturing prices and “minimal” distribution bills, Eisele mentioned. It is going to adjust to any sanctions and all different relevant legal guidelines.
The drugmaker additionally plans to offer assist with public training, coaching for well being care suppliers and drug provide administration.
“What we found via the pandemic was that provide was not sufficient to resolve the problems that these international locations are having,” Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla mentioned Wednesday throughout a chat at Davos.
He famous that billions of doses of the corporate’s COVID-19 vaccine, Comirnaty, have been provided totally free to low-income international locations, primarily via the U.S. authorities, however these doses can’t be used proper now.
Pfizer’s plan will nonetheless go away many middle-income international locations and different nations “to pay via the nostril for lifesaving medication they’ll’t afford,” mentioned an announcement from the Folks’s Vaccine Alliance, a grouping of human rights organizations advocating for broader sharing of vaccines and their underlying know-how. “We shouldn’t hail pandemic profiteers as heroes, even once they make certified gestures like this,” the assertion mentioned.
Earlier this month, the top of the World Well being Group referred to as on Pfizer to make its COVID-19 remedy extra broadly out there in poorer international locations.
Comirnaty introduced in almost $37 billion in gross sales final 12 months, and analysts anticipate the corporate’s COVID-19 remedy Paxlovid so as to add virtually $24 billion this 12 months, in response to the info agency FactSet.
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