Amid the criticism of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer of taking profit with COVID-19 vaccine, it was revealed that the British government had agreed to keep all disputes confidential when signing a contract with Pfizer, the British daily Guardian’s Sunday edition Observer reported on the 5th (local time). .
The revelations came after former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Frieden, accused Pfizer of making profit by selling vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. .
The Observer reports that the UK government has reached a confidentiality clause with Pfizer for 189 million doses of the vaccine, which means that any arbitration proceedings that may arise will be kept confidential.
“The UK is the only developed country to have a contract like this,” said Jain Rizby, a researcher at Public Citizen, an American consumer rights group. It is unacceptable.”
“The UK government must explain why it has agreed to a confidential arbitration process that would allow pharmaceutical companies to circumvent domestic legal processes,” he said.
Previously, in October, Public Citizen criticized Pfizer’s abuse of power by disclosing the contracts Pfizer signed with nine foreign countries.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pfizer has been criticized for pursuing profits only by riding on the ‘vaccine selfishness’ in which major developed countries around the world monopolize vaccines.
As a result, there is a growing call for an investigation into Pfizer’s revenues and vaccine quotas for low-income countries.
According to British broadcaster Channel 4, a biotechnology expert claimed that one dose of Pfizer vaccine costs only 76 pence (1,193 won).
However, this does not include research, distribution and other costs.
However, the vaccine is known to be sold to the UK government for £22 a dose.
Pfizer is expected to produce 2.3 billion doses of the vaccine worldwide this year, generating $36 billion in sales.
However, Pfizer has agreed to provide international project COVX so far, with 40 million servings, less than 2% of total production.
“We are proud to supply more than 2 billion doses of the vaccine to 162 countries around the world,” Pfizer said in a statement. I did.
“Confidentiality agreements are standard practice,” he explained.
The UK government has also taken a stance that it cannot give details about a vaccine deal with Pfizer, Oberber said.