AS more Americans continue to get vaccinated against coronavirus, US states have proceeded to lift Covid restrictions.
As of June 2021, over a 140million Americans are fully vaccinated, or 42.3 percent of the total US population.
How much does the Pfizer vaccine cost?
In an interview with Fiercepharma, Pfizer Chief Financial Officer Frank D’Amelio said the company typically gets "$150, $175 per dose" of the Covid jab.
However, under the pandemic supply deal, Pfizer is charging the US $19.50 per dose.
A dose of Pfizer's pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar 13 costs more than $200 on the private market in the US, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
In initial deals with the US government, Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine costs $19.50 per dose, compared with $15 for Moderna's shot, $16 for Novavax's, $10 for Johnson & Johnson's vaccine and $4 for AstraZeneca's.
The company has stated that moving forward, Pfizer's Covid jab is "going to get more on price" and will increase in value.
Did the Biden administration purchase more Pfizer vaccines recently?
On Thursday, June 10, President Joe Biden will announce at the G-7 summit meeting his plan to purchase 500million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
The president will plan to donate some vaccines to other countries struggling with a limited supply.
Of the doses, 200million will be donated this year and 300million across the first half of 2022.
200million vaccine doses will be enough to fully protect 100million people.
The doses will be distributed through COVAX – a humanitarian program run in part by the World Health Organization that aims to fairly distribute vaccines – and will be given to 92 low-income countries, including the African Union, South Korea, Taiwan and Ukraine.
COVAX's goal is to make 2billion doses available to countries in need by the end of 2021.
So far, approximately 81million vaccines have been shipped to over 129 participants.
On June 9, national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that Biden was committed to sharing vaccines because it was in the public health and strategic interests of the US.
As Biden embarks on his first foreign trip, he is aiming to show “that democracies are the countries that can best deliver solutions for people everywhere,” Sullivan said.
“As he said in his joint session, we were the ‘arsenal of democracy' in World War II,” Sullivan said.
“We’re going to be the ‘arsenal of vaccines’ over this next period to help end the pandemic.”
How many have been vaccinated around the world?
Accoridng to the New York Times global vaccine tracker, more than 2.22billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, equal to 29 doses for every 100 people.
Globally more than 3.7million people have died from the virus and more than 174million people have been infected.
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