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n February, Pfizer was accused of “bullying” governments in COVID vaccine negotiations in a groundbreaking story by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. A government official at the time noted, “Five years in the future when these confidentiality agreements are over you will learn what really happened in these negotiations.”
Public Citizen has identified several unredacted Pfizer contracts that describe the outcome of these negotiations. The contracts offer a rare glimpse into the power one pharmaceutical corporation has gained to silence governments, throttle supply, shift risk and maximize profits in the worst public health crisis in a century. We describe six examples from around the world below.
TABLE 1: SELECT PFIZER CONTRACTS REVIEWED
|Purchaser||Date||Type||Doses||Price Per Dose||Total Cost|
|Albania||Draft||Draft Definitive Agreement||500,000||$12||$6 million|
|Brazil||03/15/21||Definitive Agreement||100 million||$10||$1 billion|
|Colombia||02/02/21||Definitive Agreement||10 million||$12||$120 million|
|Chile||12/01/20||Definitive Agreement (Redacted)||10 million||Redacted||Redacted|
|Dominican Republic||10/29/20||Binding Term Sheet||8 million||$12||$96 million|
|European Commission||11/20/20||Custom Advance Purchase Agreement||200 million||$18.6||$3.7 billion|
|Peru||09/17/20||Binding Term Sheet||10 million||$12||$120 million|
|United States||07/21/20||Custom Advance Purchase Agreement (Redacted)||100 million||$19.5||$1.95 billion|
|United Kingdom||10/12/20||Custom Advance Purchase Agreement (Redacted)||30 million||Redacted||Redacted|
Pfizer’s demands have generated outrage around the world, slowing purchase agreements and even pushing back the delivery schedule of vaccines. If similar terms are included as a condition to receive doses, they may threaten President Biden’s commitment to donate 1 billion vaccine doses.