Ottawa paid an average of $ 37.70 per dose of vaccine in December, according to data released today by Statistics Canada.
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“Based on a preliminary analysis, it is estimated that Canada’s imports of COVID-19 vaccines totaled approximately $ 16 million in December,” said Statistics Canada in an analysis of International Merchandise Trade for the month of December.
As of December 30, Ottawa had received 424,150 doses of Moderna and Pfizer. The government refused to say how much it paid for each of them, but Statistics Canada analysis shows that they cost an average of $ 37.70 each.
That’s more than the European Union who paid $ 22.91 for each dose of Moderna and $ 18.47 for each dose of Pfizer, according to figures released by a Belgian MEP last month.
It’s also more than the United States, which pays $ 24.80 per dose of Pfizer and $ 35 per dose of Moderna, according to data published by Washington and the magazine. Forbes.
The Europeans and Americans, however, have ordered more doses than Canada and have production plants in their homes, two factors that influence prices.
Both based on new messenger RNA technology, Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines are the most expensive on the market and the only ones approved in Canada at this time.
Health Canada is currently evaluating data provided by AstraZeneca, Novavax and Janssen which have all applied for approval in the country in recent weeks. These three vaccines are significantly less expensive than their messenger RNA competitors.
AstraZeneca, in partnership with Oxford University, has even pledged to deliver its vaccine to as many countries as possible without making any profit as long as the pandemic lasts.