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Belgian secretary of state accidentally reveals EU vaccine prices
The EU’s vaccine prices were — for a short time and by accident — finally made public.
Belgium’s Budget State Secretary Eva De Bleeker on Thursday tweeted a table with the price of each vaccine purchased by the EU and how much Belgium will spend in total on the vaccines, according to Belgian news site HLN. The tweet has since been deleted, but the outlet published a screenshot.
The European Commission has said it cannot disclose the prices paid for each coronavirus vaccine, citing commercial confidentiality agreements.
Civil society groups, MEPs and health advocates have been calling for months for the Commission to reveal how much the EU is paying, arguing that deals involving taxpayer funds should have greater transparency.
The Commission signed deals with six producers and completed exploratory talks with a seventh on Thursday. Countries will place their orders individually for each vaccine.
According to the screenshot published by HLN, the EU is spending between €1.78 and $18 per coronavirus vaccine. The price per dose listed for each of the six vaccines was as follows:
Johnson & Johnson, $8.50
Belgium will purchase more than 33 million vaccines for a total of €279 million.
De Bleeker said that publication of the price breakdown was “a mistake on the part of the communications team,” according to HLN.
What a convenient coverall.
Can anybody explain why this is so?
Bar the obvious profiteering angle.
A government or politicians quoting commercial confidentiality .
Means something to cover up